Reporter Dies Just Before Starting job at CNN

A Reporter that had just landed his dream job at CNN, died before he even started. He was just 32 years old.

The NY Daily News writes that Michael J. Feeney, a former Daily News reporter who served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, died Sunday of complications from a staph infection in his kidneys. He was 32.

Feeney was set to begin as an entertainment Reporter at in Atlanta when he fell ill, his mother said.

“Mike did everything to help everyone,” his mother, Reba Willis, said Sunday. “He did whatever he could with any person who he came across who wanted to know anything about journalism and about life.”

Feeney had been in Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., since Tuesday, she said. He went into cardiac arrest at 1:15 p.m.

His death stunned those who knew him both within and outside of journalism circles.

“Just heard that Michael Feeney, young dynamic journalist died,” tweeted the Rev. Al Sharpton. “A good brother and fine journalist. Sad news, RIP Michael.”