Mississippi journalist Bert Case dies after extended illness

bert_400x400JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Longtime Mississippi TV journalist Bert Case has died after an extended illness.

WAPT-TV Assistant News Director Aaron Vogel confirmed Case’s death Thursday. He says Case passed away about 2:45 p.m. at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, surrounded by family and friends. He was 76 and would have celebrated his 77th birthday Saturday.

Case had been hospitalized since Sept. 1 after a diagnosis of sepsis, a complication from an infection. His condition had improved recently, but his wife, Mary Weiden, says it lately began to worsen.

Case recently celebrated his 50th year on the air in the Jackson market. One of his most memorable on-camera interviews happened in June 1999. Case, then with WLBT-TV, asked Gov. Kirk Fordice about traveling to Paris with a woman who wasn’t the first lady.

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