Longtime Memphis TV Personality Tom Dees passes away on Thursday in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Let’s see more details about Tom Dees and his cause of death in detail.
What happened to Tom Dees?
Longtime Fox 13 reporter and Emmy award-winning journalist Tom Dees died Thursday in Olive Branch, Mississippi, according to his family. Dees, a Mid-South writer with 32 years of experience, was hospitalized at the beginning of January and given the diagnosis with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a rare lung condition.
Words cannot describe how we feel for the family. We give our condolences to the entire family. May God rest the deceased’s soul. Dees is survived by his wife and his three children.
Cause of death
Tom Dees died too soon and unexpectedly, leaving his family, friends, and loved ones in a lot of pain and sadness. He was diagnosed with a rare Lung Infection. He was hospitalized at the beginning, but he couldn’t survive that battle. According to his family, he was 57 years old.
As soon as the News came out, the community and friends are devastated and shared their condolence on social media.
Who was Tom Dees?
Tom’s mom is a retired teacher and their dad is a retired U.S. Air Force Navigator which makes him an Air Force brat! Tom moved to Hawaii and then California after spending approximately a year in his birthplace of Kokomo, Indiana (the first time).
He then relocated to mainland Japan from there. Atlanta during his father’s time in Vietnam. After returning to California for elementary school, moving to Okinawa, Japan, for junior high school, and finally attending high school in Slidell, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. He attended Mississippi State University and received his degree there in 1987.
Tom can communicate in both Spanish and English. Tom has worked in the television news industry for 25 years as of 2013! He claims he has the good fortune to work with the best people and the best current work right here at FOX13, where he finds inspiration every day.
Tom’s Journal career journey
Tom Dees, who worked as a broadcast journalist for WHBQ in Memphis since 1995, died Thursday morning, days before what would have been his 58th birthday on Saturday.
“Tom was always a bright spot for me in my life and career,” said Kim Chaney, who worked alongside Dees for years before coming to ABC24. “He was there when I first started news during college and was a guiding light as I began in the business. I had the joy and pleasure of working with him on stories for the morning show. I will always miss his bright smile and laughter, and the jokes galore! I’ll ‘duck Jeep’ in your honor Tom.”
Tom Dess -Obituary
Dees’ friend and former coworker Earle Farrell of KWAM launched his show on Thursday afternoon’s “Earle Farrell 4 Memphis Show” with TJ Cates to discuss recollections of Dees. Dees was a “really gifted reporter who was able to catch the soul of every person he met,” according to Farrell. That’s what distinguished him… Knowing him is the same as loving him.
Words cannot describe how we feel for the family. We give our condolences to the entire family. May God rest the deceased’s soul. We are praying for peace and comfort in this time of need. May God bless the family. We’ll be praying for God’s strength and comfort in the coming days for you and your family. love and prayers. Feel free to drop condolence messages and prayers for the family and friends of the deceased, as it will go a very long way at this difficult time of theirs.
Condolence Posted on Social Media
FoxNews Emphasis Posted
The FOX13 family is mourning the loss of our friend and colleague Tom Dees. The longest-tenured member of the FOX13 News team, Tom died this morning at his home in Desoto County after an illness. He would have turned 58 this Saturday.
The FOX13 family is mourning the loss of our friend and colleague Tom Dees. The longest-tenured member of the FOX13 News team, Tom died this morning at his home in Desoto County after an illness. He would have turned 58 this Saturday. >> https://t.co/VYPgzGJu21 pic.twitter.com/gdReKZ8ikB
— FOX13 Memphis (@FOX13Memphis) February 9, 2023
Alex Coker Posted
It’s with great sadness to learn of the passing of the Legendary Tom Dees FOX13 Memphis earlier today. I knew Tom was fighting some severe uphill battles. I had just chatted with him two days ago to let him know that he was on my mind.
Tom and I did a news segment together back a few months ago in November. During the chat, Tom said that he knew his time was short and had only hoped to see his kids finish up their school year. Tom was fighting hard to make it the last few months til May.
He wanted to see their accomplishments… He will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family, Ally Dees, Cathy Guice Dees.
Scott Madues Posted
RIP Tom. Tom Dees was a coworker of mine for more than 10 years. He was also a very good friend of mine when I was in Memphis. I know y’all in Memphis and the entire Midsouth loved Tom so very much. He was truly a good man. Tom was an incredible person who loved his family more than anything in this world. And as a true storyteller at heart when reporting the news. My heart breaks for Tom’s wife and children. I’m glad to have known you, my friend.
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