Larry Edgeworth, a longtime employee of NBC News died after testing positive for coronavirus, the network reported Friday.
Edgeworth, a technician who worked in an equipment room at NBC Universal’s headquarters in New York, died Thursday. He was 61.
He worked for 25 years at the news division as an audio technician, and he traveled around the world with correspondents during his career at the outlet.
“Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” NBC News chairman Andy Lack wrote in a memo to staffers, NBC News confirmed
Lack said Stacy Brady, NBCUniversal’s executive vice president of field and production operations, “says he was known as the ‘gentle giant who would give you the shirt off his back.'”
He is survived by a wife, Crystal, and two sons. Lack said in the Friday announcement that “We are doing everything we can to support his family during this very difficult time.”
MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake shared a photo of Edgeworth on Friday, tweeting “The man on the left is Larry Edgeworth. I met him as the sound tech on our team that covered the Romney campaign in 2012. He called me ‘slim,’ and helped me put together my first resume tape. He was SO proud of his kids. He was hilarious. Yesterday he lost his fight with COVID-19.”
The man on the left is Larry Edgeworth. I met him as the sound tech on our team that covered the Romney campaign in 2012. He called me “slim,” and helped me put together my first resume tape. He was SO proud of his kids. He was hilarious. Yesterday he lost his fight with COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/73D93utgPX
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) March 20, 2020
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle told viewers Friday morning about Edgeworth’s death and spoke while photos of the technician were displayed: “Larry, he’s the big guy you see right there on the left during a shoot in Namibia back in 2011. He spent most of his 25 years at NBC News as a skilled audio technician, traveling the world to bring you, our beloved viewers the news. Many of us here were fortunate to work with him.”
Other NBC employees also took to social media to share their condolences.
This is our beloved colleague, Larry Edgeworth, who just passed away due to COVID19. I adored him. He was full of spirit and joy and humor. He was the pro of pros. We traveled in 2008 on a campaign plane for two months. He was a bright light every day. Larry, dear, we will miss u pic.twitter.com/36Hg9WbiCG
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) March 20, 2020
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, NBC News announced a “Today” show staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting co-hosts Craig Melvin and Al Roker to work from home on Monday out of an abundance of caution.
Other staffers who were in close proximity at NBC to the affected staffer were asked to self-quarantine.