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Published: Jul 29, 2007
Tom Snyder Dies: Newsman Tom Snyder Dead At 71
by Staff

Tom Snyder, the veteran talk show host and newsman has passed away.  Tom Snyder reportedly died from complications of leukemia.

Snyder died yesterday at 4 p.m. in San Francisco. He was 71 years old.

In April 2005, Snyder revealed that he is battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, but said that his doctors had told him it was "treatable."

Tom Snyder was born May 12, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee and began his broadcasting career at the age of 21, switched to television to work as a local news anchor.

In 1965, Tom Snyder, along with Marciarose Shestack, made TV history when they anchored the first noon news show in the country. The show was broadcasted from the Eyewitness News studios in Philadelphia.

He eventually would become the host of the NBC interview show "Tommorrow" (1973–81), for which he won an Emmy Award in 1974. He returned to late night in 1995 with the Late Late Show with Tom Snyder (1995–1999).

He was always smoking on camera, so clouds of tobacco fumes floated around his head like a spiffy special effect. Snyder had a booming laugh and sometimes was perceived as caustic.

Snyder's most memorable interviews included Ayn Rand, John Lennon, Charles Manson, and Johnny Rotten.

Snyder's gray hair and probing manner got the boot when NBC went for youth, replacing Tomorrow with David Letterman's Late Night in 1982.

Memorable TV Moments (Courtesy Tom Snyder Website Still Available From Archive

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