Dax Tejera, the father of two girls and the executive producer of This Week on ABC, has died at the age of 37. The Hollywood Reporter says Tejera died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday.
The news was shared with staff in a memo from ABC News president Kim Godwin. “As EP of ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Dax’s energy, passion and love for that show, ABC News, and you, shined every Sunday morning. That same love was extended to his precious girls,” Godwin wrote.
“Our thoughts are with his wife, Veronica, the couple’s two young daughters, and the entire Tejera family” The Hollywood Reporter says that Tejera’s job with the program began just before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
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This was three years after he joined ABC News as a senior producer in 2017. Before that, he was the executive producer for Jorge Ramos’s show on Fusion and a producer at MSNBC. Tejera leaves behind his wife, Veronica, and two young daughters, Ella, who is 5 months old, and Sofia, who is 2 years old.
In his last Instagram post, he showed a photo of himself with President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, as well as a few family photos, including one of his daughters kissing another.
His youngest daughter was born in July this year and Sofia will be back in November 2020. “Such a heartbreaking day for all of us at @abcnews Dax Tejera was not only the brightest – most compassionate – executive producer I’ve ever worked with, he was also a dear friend,” wrote John Quiñones, one of the many ABC family members who honoured Tejera on Twitter.
Absolutely tragic, Dax Tejera, Excecutive producer of ABC News, died of a heart attack at age 37. Incredible the number of young people who are having sudden death. Something is very wrong. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/y6Z0zjSnud
— Alejandro Díaz MD (@alejandrodiazmd) December 25, 2022
“On this Christmas Day, my thoughts are with his wife, Veronica and his two baby daughters.” Anthony Quintano, a photojournalist, also posted his thoughts on Twitter along with pictures of the two of them looking at a computer screen on set.
“I’m shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and former colleague @DaxTejera. He was an amazing force in the news industry and will be sorely missed,” he wrote. “Rest in peace, my friend.”
ABC News executive producer
Dax Tejera, 37, #DiedSuddenly of a heart attack.
So sad somewhere out there is a parent planning a funeral for Christmas.
Brought to you by Pfizer: pic.twitter.com/OfTqhyAka4
— DiedSuddenly (@DiedSuddenly_) December 25, 2022
Others recalled the producer as “one of the nicest and brightest lights,” a man who “would move heaven and earth” to create a good tale and an individual who was “smart, thoughtful, unflappable, and fun.”
MSNBC anchor José Daz-Balart said that Dax was a force of enthusiasm, intelligence, and passion. “He was a true public servant. I was privileged to have known and worked with him. QEPD amigo, un abrazo infinito.”
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