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Shocked fans ask about former 1011 personality Kalamity Kate’s cause of death after 1011 NOW reported that she passed away today (September 16) at the age of 83. May the angel rest in paradise.

Leta Powell Drake is in the Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame as a great broadcaster, television producer, screenwriter, and TV personality on local stations in Nebraska.

Serving as program director at KOLN-TV for 28 years, she hosted and produced the 10/11 morning show for 25 years. Drake also had a children’s show called “Cartoon Corral,” famous as Kalamity Kate.

Leta Powell Drake, also known as Kalamity Kate, has passed away.

The beloved host was also honored by the University of Nebraska on August 14, where she was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the Aug. 14 commencement ceremonies.

Born on March 10, 1938, in Duluth, Minnesota, Kalamity Kate had acted in over 100 shows and two movies. She is remembered as a former member of the National Association of TV Program Executives (NATPE). Leta was one of the creators of the Star City Holiday Parade too.

She served as the assistant network program manager for Nebraska Public Television for more than a decade. She reportedly programmed the nine-station state network and cable system there, while Drake became the spokesperson for Nebraska Public Media through their fund drives and auctions.


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What’s Host Kalamity Kate’s Cause of Death?

Although there is no official report about Kalamity Kate’s cause of death at this time, some claim she was suffering from heart disease in recent years, and it finally led to her passing.

US day News does not confirm any rumors, but our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

A Nebraska legend leaves us….thinking back to last year when a mashup of her interviews went viral. What a ride it was. RIP Leta Powell Drake.

Drake began her broadcasting career at KDAL-TV (now KDLH-TV) in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1956, the VFW sponsored the “Voice of Democracy” essay contest for high school students. Leta’s voice was recorded for the first time, and she won the city championship. The TV station offered her a part-time job. She began as the talent on commercials and was on a live Bingo program.


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Drake, who was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, served on:

  • The boards of the University of Nebraska College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • UNL Alumni Association
  • Osher Life Long Learning Institute at UNL
  • Lincoln General Hospital Auxiliary
  • Mayor’s Film Commission
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Lincoln Advertising Federation
  • Lincoln Community Playhouse
  • Theatre Arts for Youth
  • YMCA;
  • The Salvation Army
  • 99’s (Women pilots)
  • Nebraskans for Public Television
  • Nebraska Public Radio.


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Reactions to Death of Kalamity Kate

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Kalamity Kate’s family, friends, fans, and all of her loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor her; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Drake?” So if you have any related information about her death, please share it with us.

Shocked fans ask about former 1011 personality Kalamity Kate's cause of death
Also, a fan announced, “Heartbroken to hear about Leta Powell Drake’s passing. I will never forget the sound of her scream after Paul Pearson put her in hair & makeup for the first time for Grease. We lost a legendary diva today.”

Immediately after the tragic news was released, many beloved host’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

A fan wrote, “R.I.P. @LetaPowellDrake, a remarkable television personality from Nebraska who paved the way for women in broadcasting. A generation of kids knew here as Kalamity Kate on Cartoon Corral @1011_News.”

Another said, “Sad news to pass along… For many years on @1011_News, you knew her as Kalamity Kate on “Cartoon Corral.” Legendary Nebraska broadcaster Leta Powell Drake has passed away. She was 83.”

Anchor Laura Halm said, “Every time I tell someone I work at 10/11, they always mention the incomparable Leta Powell Drake… I wish I could’ve met her, but we’re blessed that her hilarious interviews still exist. A true Nebraska legend!”

A user tweeted, “Back before the Internet in the dark years; I volunteered to answer phones for our local public radio pledge drive. Leta Powell Drake was one of the hosts. I was 19. I was agog. I was blown away.”


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