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Joel Connable
On Monday new KOMO TV weekend anchor was found dead, the victim of an apparent diabetic seizure. The newsman's untimely death came just

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Sad News: KOMO TV Anchor Joel Connable Dies from Apparent Diabetic Seizure

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Joel Connable
On Monday new KOMO TV weekend anchor was found dead, the victim of an apparent diabetic seizure. The newsman's untimely death came just one week after he joined KOMO, and not long after he was married, as MyNorthwest.com reports.

A lifelong Type 1 diabetic according to reports, the 39-year-old Connable lived with a diabetic pump that may have malfunctioned. My Northwest.com's story includes a link to a Facebook post from Connable's parents that reads:

With great sadness we write to tell you of the death of our son Joel. He had just started a new job at KOMO, the ABC TV station in Seattle, and he was alone in his apartment when his insulin pump malfunctioned. The lead line was disconnected without his realizing it. It was one of those accidents of fate.

Merill Knox of TVSpy noted Connable's death in a story that posted today, which includes comment from KOMO news director Holly Gauntt.

From TVSpy:

KOMO news director Holly Gauntt says the station is "incredibly sad" after the death of weekend anchor Joel Connable.

"Honestly, we're numb," Gauntt told TVSpy in an email. "Joel hadn't been here long but he fit in fantastically. He was already bonding with the weekend team."

Connable died unexpectedly Monday. He joined the Seattle ABC affiliate last week after a three-year break from the television business.

"He was excited about getting back in the business and couldn't wait to get going. He turned in his first story on a day he was supposed to train," Gauntt said. "He just wanted to get into the field."

In a separate story by Knox for TVSpy, KOMO's Dan Lewis mourned the loss:

"He suffered from diabetes and we're told likely died from a seizure," anchor Dan Lewis said. "Joel had an impressive career in broadcasting at stations all over the country. We regret that our KOMO viewers will not get the chance to get to know Joel Connable."

Our condolences go out to Connable's family, friends and coworkers.

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