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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/25/2011

CNBC anchor Mark Haines dies at 65

Mark Haines, a 22-year veteran of CNBC and the founding anchor of the network’s early-morning program “Squawk Box,” died Tuesday night, the network said. The cause of death was not reported, but CNBC said Haines’s death was unexpected.
Mark Haines, a founding anchor at CNBC. (VIA BLOOMBERG)

Haines, 65, had been with the business news network since its inception and played a key role in shaping its programming. In a statement, CNBC President Mark Hoffman offered this praise for Haines and his style of journalism: "With his searing wit, profound insight and piercing interview style, he was a constant and trusted presence in business news."

In a sign of Haines’s clout in the financial community, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange paused Wednesday to observe a moment of silence when they received word of Haines’s death.

CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla said Wednesday morning that the news outlet will air remembrances and tributes to their colleague throughout the day.

Here is a clip of CNBC’s announcement of Haines’s death and reactions from some of his fellow journalists:

CNBC also has a roundup of comments from analysts, business people and journalists who had worked with Haines throughout his career.

Was watching Haines part of your morning routine? Will you miss his presence on the business news network? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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