Shockingly, on December 27th, CBS lost a member of its network family. Amanda Davis, 62, was an Emmy award-winning journalist for Fox5 Atlanta for 26 years, retiring in 2013. She returned to the airwaves in 2017 with CBS46.
Last week, Davis revealed that her step-father had passed away, just days before Christmas.
Thanks to my GF Debbie Turman for the lovely flowers as I️ grieve over the loss of my Pops❤️. His funeral is the 27th pic.twitter.com/TrZT3wxcZA— Amanda Davis (@AmandaCBS46) December 20, 2017
On Christmas Eve, Davis posted on Facebook about how to deal with the loss of a loved one around the holidays.
Davis, a recovering alcoholic, had spoken openly about her battle with the disease, saying she never believed she was an alcoholic.
“That wasn’t me,” she said. “I was a social drinker. I wanted to believe that there was still a way they could help me control it."
In 2015, Davis voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation facility and never looked back.
"I'm here by the grace of God!" she wrote for CBS. "I'm responsible for everything that's happened to me. I offer no excuses. This is what I know: God takes care of me, family and friends love me, and I got some much needed help. I hope sharing my journey will help someone else."
But despite her fight for recovery, Davis's life was tragically cut short by something she could not control.
On December 27th, Davis was on her way to her step-fathers's funeral. As she was waiting to board the plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the news anchor suffered a massive stroke.
CBS46 posted about the stroke, informing viewers that Davis was being rushed to the hospital for treatment.
CBS46 morning news anchor Amanda Davis has suffered a massive spontaneous stroke. She was rushed to the hospital where she is undergoing treatment. We will keep Amanda’s fans updated on her condition. https://t.co/1HgncVS5C5 pic.twitter.com/89dVD4Imv0— CBS46 (@cbs46) December 27, 2017
Sadly, just four hours after she suffered the stroke, Amanda Davis passed away.
CBS46 morning news anchor Amanda Davis has passed after suffering a massive stroke Tuesday at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.— CBS46 (@cbs46) December 28, 2017
CBS46 released an official statement about Davis's death, saying:
"CBS 46 morning news anchor Amanda Davis has passed away after suffering a massive spontaneous stroke. Amanda was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Tuesday when she rushed to the hospital and underwent treatment. Her family is asking for privacy at this difficult time. Amanda’s friends and colleagues at CBS 46 are praying for her family."
Davis's colleagues expressed their grief on social media.
In total and complete shock right now. Please pray for comfort and peace for Amanda's family. They've been through a lot & need our prayers. Please pray also for all of our @cbs46 family as we deal with the loss of our colleague & friend. Rest In Peace Amanda. 🙏🏽 @AmandaCBS46 pic.twitter.com/GRLQKKew4C— Julie Smith CBS46 (@JulieSmithTV) December 28, 2017
RIP Amanda Davis. Our dear colleague passed away minutes ago. She was surrounded by her family and friends.... https://t.co/msLgRF3jWH— Sharon Reed (@SharonReedCBS46) December 28, 2017
Our hearts @CBS46 are broken over the loss of our colleague and friend Amanda Davis. We pray for her family.— Tracye Hutchins (@TracyeHutchins) December 28, 2017
The world lost an amazing journalist and even more amazing woman. I’ll never forget @AmandaCBS46’s bright, beautiful smile that lit up the newsroom. Please keep her family in your prayers. https://t.co/ggiHu1mpBl— Natalie Rubino (@NatalieCBS46) December 28, 2017
We are praying for Amanda Davis's soul and for her loved ones at this time.