How did Bob Throndsen die? Former KOMO TV reporter cause of death explained

Multiple EMMY award winning Broadcast journalist and former KOMO News Director Bob Throndsen has passed away. Let’s see How did Bob Throndsen die and Bob Throndsen Cause of death in detail.


How did Bob Throndsen die?

Veteran journalist Bob Throndsen passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 4, at his residence in Edmonds. He was 75 years old.

KOMO Reporter Steve McCarron shared the devastating news on Facebook.

It read,

“If you’re a long-time viewer of KOMO News, you’ll recognize the name Bob Throndsen.

He was brilliant at his craft.

He knew how to tell a helluva story.

I’m incredibly sad to hear about his unexpected passing this weekend.

I never had the pleasure of working for Bob, but I know the tremendous impact he had on our newsroom & our community.

I’m honored to say – I at least had the chance to meet him, chat with him, and shake his hand during several social occasions.

Lots of heavy hearts around the newsroom today. You could feel it.

What a profound loss”

Bob Throndsen Cause of death

We’re sorry to have to inform you that Bob Throndsen has passed away.

Bob Throndsen was regarded as having a friendly personality. Many people must be curious to know the Bob Throndsen cause of death in light of the recent news.

The precise Bob Throndsen cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Who was Bob Throndsen?

Bob, a multiple Emmy Award winner, worked for 34 years as managing editor and news director at KOMO TV News and KOMO News Radio before retiring in 2012. The station earned Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Newscast and Overall Excellence while he worked at KOMO News Radio. He worked in Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon before joining KOMO.

In a 2012 article regarding Bob’s retirement, KOMO made the following remark:

“Throndsen is a news man, but he is also a humble teacher. He’s been a mentor to many people at KOMO over the years.”

Before leaving KOMO News in 2012, Bob worked in Portland and Philadelphia before spending 34 years at KOMO TV. At KOMO, he both reported and hosted the news. Later on, he rose to the positions of managing editor and news director at KOMO 1000 Radio. He aimed to improve those around him in each of those roles. At KOMO News, his mentoring advice was legendary. He continued to be praised for his willingness to spend time with young reporters, helping them write their scripts, motivating them, and improving their skills.

Bob had a significant influence on our reporting for the My Neighborhood News Network during his brief three-year tenure there. He was not afraid to probe deep into any story he covered and was keen to learn the truth. But he was a storyteller first and foremost. Because of his history in broadcasting and his work in television, he was forced to write stories that were concise and focused on the visual aspects of each one.

On February 29, 2020, Bob’s first assignment for My Edmonds News was to cover a memorial service for Nagendiram Kandasamy, an Edmonds 7-11 clerk who had died from a gunshot wound on February 21 while at work. Bob kept up with the case’s developments while Edmonds police looked for Kandasamy’s murderer, who was still at large.

Bob was particularly concerned in issues relating to housing and homelessness as a member of the now-disbanded Edmonds Citizens Housing Commission, and he wrote extensively about the subject. This four-part documentary that examined the human aspect of the housing dispute made him extremely proud. He also expressed sympathy in his writing regarding those who were homeless, as seen in this 2021 piece titled “What Can We Do For People Like Charlie?”

Bob told KOMO:

“I’ve often said to reporters through the years, that if we take the right audio, and the right words, and the right video, we make magic. And nobody else can touch us. And that magic comes into your life, and my life, and maybe some of what we do makes a difference.”

Providing continuing coverage of Edmonds resident Dan Fine’s efforts to try to save injured and abandoned animals in the war-torn Ukraine was one of Bob’s other favorite initiatives. Many people in Edmonds recall Bob’s reporting on the contentious 2020 appointment of Sherman Pruitt as the city’s new police chief and the fallout from that choice. However, Bob also enjoyed writing about the lighter aspects of life, such as the occasion Comstock Jewelers owner Erin Comstock requested the assistance of Edmonds police officers to rescue five kittens that had become trapped under her house. Or when Bob allegedly discovered a frightening huge Asian hornet in his front yard (it turned out to be a harmless Great Golden Digger Wasp).

After retiring, Bob continued to be active by travelling and pampering their five grandkids with his wife Sonja. He also contributed frequently to My Edmonds News and worked on a children’s book. In the meantime, he kept on mentoring and teaching.


Tributes to Bob Throndsen

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

Molly Shen KOMO wrote,

“We’re mourning the death of one of KOMO’s all time greats. Bob had just transitioned into the role of Managing Editor when I came here nearly 26 years ago. He was a patient mentor and an example of the type of reporter we all hope to be. And as much as we feel this loss in our newsroom, my heart breaks for his wife, daughters, and grandchildren. ”

Scott E.Hopson wrote,

“Journalists lost a wonderful colleague over this weekend. I’ve had many folks who’ve affected the level of professionalism in my journalism. Bob Throndsen (on the left) was one of my leaders for over 15years. I didn’t always agree with him, but I knew that I was getting a free education on the job with the level and duration of his experiences. One important tool and lesson was in the category of Less Is More. Once as I was editing a story about Bison I had 7 elements or moments that I felt very strongly about including in the 4min story…but I only had time for four of these elements. Bob watched over my shoulder, saw my mental battle of trying to include EVERYTHING, and told me that “I had to loose some babies!” Not only did I wind up editing out 3 of those elements, I took out another so that I could show one of the saved elements twice. Bob’s light touch gave me a lasting tool with which to perform my job…and he worded such that I’d not forget it. I use that mantra three to six times a week to this day! Thanks Bob!”

Allen wrote,

“Stunned and so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob Throndsen. He was a fixture at KOMO, a rock solid journalist for decades, wrote in a clean and crisp style and told stories beautifully, reported on tbe regions biggest stories for more than 30 years. Honored to have watched and known him..”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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