Iconic BC News Anchor Deb Hope’s Cause of Death at 67
Retired Global BC anchor Deb Hope’s cause of death raised questions after her death on May 15, 2023. She sadly passed away at the age of 67.
Deborra Jane Hope was born on October 11, 1955, in Trail, British Columbia, a small town in the west Kootenays. Hope attended the University of British Columbia.
She started her journalism career by reading news on the campus radio station, CiTR, as well as reporting for the school’s newspaper, The Ubyssey.
The talented journalist graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended Carleton University in Ottawa where she received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honors).
After graduating, Deborra started working for The Canadian Press as a junior reporter. Hope returned to British Columbia where she joined the now-defunct United Press Canada and worked there for three years before joining BCTV.
Deb was married to Roger Hope, a Global BC news cameraman, and has two daughters. After retiring in 2014, Deborra started to show symptoms of what would be revealed to be Alzheimer’s disease.
Her coworkers said they had noticed Hope was beginning to make mistakes with names and words occasionally while reading the news and appeared to be gradually getting forgetful and confused.
After living at home with her family for a number of years, she eventually entered a long-term care facility.
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What’s Deb Hope’s Cause of Death?
Deb Hope’s cause of death probably is related to her long battle with Alzheimer’s. She died after an almost decade-long battle with early-onset dementia.
Hope was known as a journalist, anchor, and producer for Global owned-and-operated station CHAN-DT in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Deb was with that station since 1981, when it was known as BCTV, then a CTV affiliate. She hosted the Early News at 5 p.m. and the ‘InSight’ segment of the News Hour at 6.
On October 8, 2020, it was later announced that she had developed Alzheimer’s disease, with mild symptoms beginning to show at the time she retired.
The journalist lived in a long-term care facility in Vancouver until her death.
After the sad news of Deb Hope’s death was revealed, her friends and coworkers quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay tributes to her.
CTV Vancouver News Director Ethan Faber, who started his career at BCTV, tweeted: “Deb Hope was one of the best, and a class act. She sat with me in the edit suite when I worked on my very first story.
“She was kind and patient and a fantastic journalist and mentor to many. A huge loss for our profession.”
Global BC News Director and Station Manager Bhupinder S. Hundal called her “a unique journalist who built an amazing and everlasting connection with her peers and the audience.”
“She did it with incredible skill, combined with dignity and humanity,” Hundal said. “Deb is one of the great voices of BCTV/Global BC and the province of BC has lost one of its most influential people. Our thoughts are with the entire Hope family during this time.”
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