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Telemundo anchor Edgardo Del Villar dies after cancer battle

Del Villar worked in Miami before joining New Jersey-based station

This undated photo provided by NBC Universal shows Telemundo 47 News Anchor Edgardo Del Villar. Del Villar, 51, died Sunday after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
This undated photo provided by NBC Universal shows Telemundo 47 News Anchor Edgardo Del Villar. Del Villar, 51, died Sunday after a two-year battle with brain cancer. (NBC Universal via AP)

NEWARK, N.J. – Anchor Edgardo Del Villar, 51, has died after a two-year battle with brain cancer, Telemundo announced Monday.

Del Villar died Sunday night at his Bergen County, New Jersey, home with his wife and daughter by his side, the station said.

Del Villar joined the Spanish language channel Telemundo 47 in the New York area in 2017 after working for Telemundo Network in Miami. The station said the native of Mexico “had a large following in the Mexican community through more than twenty years in journalistic roles in Mexico and the United States.”

“We stood in awe as he fought an incurable disease with remarkable resolve; pushing himself to the limits, returning to the air throughout his treatment and remaining positive and upbeat through it all. He was our inspiration and we loved him,” said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.

Del Villar co-anchored the evening broadcasts of “Noticiero 47 Telemundo” with Darling Burdiez until August, when he left to focus full time on his health.

He is survived by his mother, siblings, his wife, Carolina, and his daughter, Dana Princesa.