Former Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, 43, who most recently reported on the protests in Ferguson, Mo., has died, Fox News reports. He was found dead Wednesday in Jefferson County, Colo., after an apparent suicide, the county coroner told the news network.
Di-Natalie owned property in the area. A friend alerted authorities to check on Di-Natale, according to the network, concerned about his state of mind after “serious undisclosed health issues.”
“We were extremely saddened to learn of Dominic’s passing and send our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Fox News said in a statement. “He was an esteemed journalist and an integral part of our news coverage throughout the Middle East.”
Di-Natale, who was originally from Britain, began his journalism career in 1989 as a magazine writer in Portugal. In 1995, he went back home, where he started freelancing for BBC World.
In 2007, he joined Fox News, covering international news for Fox News Channel and FoxNews.com as well as contributing to Fox Business Network. He reported from Osama bin Laden’s compound after he was killed and from Egypt’s Tahrir Square during the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Over Thanksgiving, he reported from Ferguson, where white police officer Darren Wilson killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
“My turn to head to
#Ferguson,” he wrote on Twitter on Nov. 26. “Thanksgiving among the rioters.”
Following his death, his colleagues paid him tribute on social media.
“So sad to hear Fox’s Dominic Di-Natale has died,” Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly wrote. “A great reporter, who off-air was always trying to help US troops. I will miss him.”
Fox News Channel’s chief congressional correspondent, Mike Emanuel, said he was “shocked and saddened” by the news.
Di-Natale was no longer with the network at the time of his death and made his last appearance on FNC on November 30, according to a Fox spokeswoman.
Correction: The original version of this story has been updated to reflect that Di-Natale was no longer reporting for Fox News.