Top Fox News executive Alan Komissaroff dead at 47 from heart attack

The Fox News Channel was in mourning this week upon the news that a well-regarded top executive had suddenly passed away.

Alan Komissaroff, the network’s senior vice president of news and politics, died of a heart attack at the age of just 47, Variety reported.

He leaves behind his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Ben and Olivia.

Fox News family “completely heartbroken”

In a memo to all of their colleagues, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and President Jay Wallace said of Komissaroff’s death, “This is an extremely difficult day for all of us who worked closely with Alan, and we are completely heartbroken.”

“Alan was a leader and mentor throughout FOX News Media who was integral to our daily news operations and played an indispensable role in every election cycle. The recent midterm election coverage was easily one of the finest nights of special coverage he produced throughout his career,” they continued.

“And he was the ultimate producer: breaking news, politics, special events — there was no steadier or more trusted colleague to be with in the control room during the most consequential events of our time, and his incisiveness and passion for news made our work better,” Scott and Wallace said.

A network “original” who climbed the ladder of success

The network noted that Komissaroff was an “original” who had joined Fox News when it first launched in 1996 as his first job out of college and then worked his way up the ladder of seniority to eventually become a top executive.

“He would joke that he was a guy from ‘real Brooklyn’ and rose through the ranks to become a writer, producer, showrunner and eventually Senior Vice President of News & Politics, overseeing all political coverage,” the two executives wrote. “His sharp sense of humor and quick wit throughout his incredible career also led to the many lifelong friendships he made here.”

“Our deepest condolences are with them and Alan’s entire extended family as we collectively mourn the loss of a wonderful man,” Scott and Wallace added.

It was further noted that a GoFundMe account had been established to help support his bereaved family at this time and help fulfill Komissaroff’s goal of sending both of his kids to college.

Deadline reported that Fox News “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier told viewers that Komissaroff had “been a crucial leader in our coverage for every major news event and every election night. Alan recently led a discussion about the midterms at a company town hall. He was a happy warrior. He always had a smile on his face. He was a true professional. He always thought outside the box and made us better every day.”

Election night coverage his “Super Bowl”

As noted in the above statements, Komissaroff played a major role in the network’s election night coverage over the past few cycles, and he spoke in a 2020 interview about just how important that coverage was to him and others at Fox News.

“Election night is our Super Bowl, so we try to outdo ourselves every cycle,” Komissaroff told TVNewser in October 2020. “But in the end, we want to display all the returns in a clear and concise way for the viewer.”

As to how the network handles election results that aren’t clearly determined right away, he said, “We are a 24-hour news channel so we are always prepared to continue following the story. It’s what we do. Our election night coverage doesn’t have an end time. We are prepared to cover the election for as long as it takes — and even a little longer than that.”

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