Former WGN-TV reporter Allison Payne has died at age 57, the channel confirmed. She had anchored numerous shows, including the primetime 9 pm newscast, earning her a number of Emmys. The sudden death of Payne was confirmed by WGN, through a statement. She is survived by her husband Bobby Richardson.
“I’m so sad to report the death of former WGN TV anchor, Allison Payne in her hometown of Detroit.
“She co-anchored WGN News for 21 years earning 9 Emmys.”
“Allison suffered a series of health issues although a cause of death has not been released. She was 57.”
“RIP my friend.”
Who is Bobby Richardson?
Bobby Richardson is widely known as the husband of WGN-TV journalist Allison Payne who tied the knot to Payne in 2004. However, she had never confirmed her relationship with Richardson, leaving a number of outlets to contemplate if perhaps Richardson and Payne were dating each other but never really got hitched.
The report was originally a native of Detroit, Michigan.
How old is Bobby Richardson?
Bobby Richardson’s age has not been revealed to the public.
Allison Payne Husband Bobby Richardson
Payne was married to a man named Don Riggs. Similar to Richardson, there is no information available on Riggs except the fact that his marriage with Payne did not last long and the pair separated due to personal differences.
It is not known whether they had any kids from their marriage.
Allison Payne Death – Cause of Death
In its statement, WGN too alluded to her health issues but did not say what exactly caused Payne’s death.
In January and August 2008, Payne went on medical leave after suffering a series of mini-strokes.
That led to her announcing an indefinite leave of absence in November 2008 and admitted in January 2009 that she was being treated for depression. “It was brutal getting out of the house, I couldn’t get out of bed,” she said.
Payne did make a return in 2009 but went off-air in January 2011.
She confirmed a few weeks later that it was because “I’m having trouble with my vocal cords.” A series of unprofessional on-air appearances, including slurring of words, glassy-eyed gazes, and sobbing led to massive criticisms, forced the channel to demote her from the 5:30 pm and 9:00 pm newscast.
Payne never revealed the details of what was ailing her, but after several attempts to get back, decided to end her career in September 2011. “After a series of unfortunate health events, Payne and WGN parted ways 2011
She then returned to her hometown of Detroit,” WGN said in its statement.
What Happened To Allison Payne?
At the time of reporting, an exact cause for Payne’s death has not been revealed as Richards noted.
In its statement, WGN too alluded to her health issues but did not say what exactly caused Payne’s death. In January 2008, Payne went on medical leave after suffering a series of mini-strokes. That led to her announcing an indefinite leave of absence in November 2008 and admitted in January 2009 that she was being treated for depression.
“It was brutal getting out of the house, I couldn’t get out of bed,” she said in an interview.
Allison Payne News Anchor
Emmy-winning WGN-TV journalist Vicky Baftiri mourned the loss of her friend tweeting,
“I’m heartbroken. Allison Payne was my TV godmother, my mentor, my beloved friend.”
“I wish I could’ve saved her as she protected me when I first started this crazy career.”
“She was fiercely smart, beautiful, generous. I can’t believe she’s gone.”
What We Know So Far
It’s unclear how Payne’s health was in the decade since.
She did start her own production company in late 2011 but largely disappeared from public life.
After her exit in September 2011, Payne is now back in the news over her death.
She was living in her hometown of Detroit when she passed away, but beyond that, we have no information.
News of Payne’s death quickly spread on social media, leading many to mourn the beloved anchor.
Damn. Just got the news that longtime @WGNTV anchor Allison Payne has died. She was 57. Allison was a sweet, kind woman; a great anchor, who had an adorable smile. She suffered a lot of health issues the last several years. Gone so soon. pic.twitter.com/h7VoAB2KHq
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) September 11, 2021