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NBC News’ Pete Williams choked up and struggled to report the passing of Gwen Ifill MSNBC/Youtube Screenshot

NBC News’ Pete Williams choked up on live TV while reporting the passing of his friend and outstanding journalist Gwen Ifill on Monday afternoon.

“This is tough duty here, because Gwen was a dear friend, a former NBC colleague,” Williams told host Stephanie Ruhle.

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“Gwen would want me to get this together,” Williams went on to say, trying to fight through. Williams went on to discuss her lengthy, impressive career and accomplishments in journalism.

Williams talked about how she was a “big figure in political journalism” and said he thought that Ifill would have thought everything going on with in the past week with the election to be “fascinating.”

Ifill passed away at the age of 61.

(h/t Mediaite)

Melissa Gotleib is a content editor at Rare.
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