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Posted: Monday, 09 December 2013 10:02PM

Frank Davis dies at age 71

WWL TV reports that longtime local broadcasting icon, Frank Davis has died.

Davis was 71-years-old.

Listen: Tommy Tucker Talks with Frank Davis earlier this year about his life and battle with his illness

He embodied the spirit of the TV news segment he became best known for on TV.  It was called "Naturally N'Awlins."

Those words definitely described Davis.

Channel 4 says Davis had been "battling a rare autoimmune disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs. The disease, CIDP, or Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, caused his own immune system to see his nerves and the insulation around them as foreign invaders, attacking and destroying them."

He announced his fight in May.

A New Orleans native, Frank Davis’ long association with WWL began in 1974, when he began making occasional appearances on WWL Radio, for fishing and outdoors segments. Program executives knew Frank from his writing columns and articles on the outdoors for magazines, newspapers and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Click below to watch a video on the life of Frank Davis:

He grew to not only report on the outdoors, but all things New Orleans.  That, of course, included food.  He hosted regular cooking segments, hunting and fishing reports and much more.

After 37 years of broadcasting, Davis retired from broadcasting in 2011.  He and his wife, Mary Clare, said they wanted to move closer to family in Texas.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Davis is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law, mother and four grandchildren.


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