Tom Snyder Dies of Leukemia at 71
Former late-night talk show host, radio personality, and news anchor Tom Snyder died on Sunday from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He was 71. Snyder had this to say when he was diagnosed in 2005:
And judging by my white cell count and a variety of other factors including what was shown on the cat scan, I have been diagnosed with something called chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Jesus H. Christ! When I was a kid leukemia was a death sentence. Now, my doctors say its treatable! With pills or chemotherapy or a combination of both.
From 1973 to 1982, Snyder hosted the Tomorrow Show on NBC. From 1995 to 1999, he hosted the Late Late Show with Tom Snyder on CBS.
"Tom was the very thing that all broadcasters long to be -- compelling," David Letterman, whose production company produced the show that marked Snyder's return to late-night TV in the 1990s, said in a statement today.