Steve Crump Obituary: Longtime WBTV reporter, Cause Of Death, dies following cancer battle

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Steve Crump Obituary: On August 31, 2023, it was said that beloved WBTV News reporter Steven Crump had died after a five-year fight with cancer. He was 65 years old.

Steve Crump Cause Of Death?

Steven Crump, a well-liked WBTV reporter, died at age 65 after fighting cancer for five years. Crump died on Thursday. He was identified with colon cancer in July 2018, and a CBS station in Myrtle Beach told the public.

Steve Crump, beloved WBTV reporter for nearly 40 years (Image Source FB: @SteveCrumpWBTV)

In a statement, Crump’s wife, Cathy, said, “Our hearts are breaking as we tell you that our beloved Steve has died. He was determined to tell the truth, and radio was the best way for him to do it.

Who was Steve Crump?

Crump was born in 1957 in Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood. He graduated from Trinity High School in the Class of 1975. He attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

Crump was most known for his regional Emmy Awards for stories ranging from apartheid in South Africa to civil rights in the American South. He also has earned a number of other awards including four National Headliner Awards, the Gabriel Award, and more than a dozen first-place honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, as well as organizations like Sigma Delta Chi and Sister Cities International. In 2016, Crump was named the “2016 Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Heartbreaking news for the WBTV News family this morning. Steve Crump WBTV has passed away. I’m so thankful that I got to work with Steve for the last several years. I’ll remember him for his booming personality, his excellent journalism, his countless stories, and his love of food! Whenever Steve was around, you knew he was nearby. It’s like he had an aura. And his voice resonated through the newsroom. Steve used to call me “AG” or “The Attorney General”. As a tall, goofy guy, I’ve had a lot of nicknames. I think these two were my two favorites. He was honored in a special art exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture titled “Men of Change”. I was so nervous putting this together, and so thankful Steve enjoyed it. It’s just a glimpse into his storied career. Thank you, Steve, for inspiring journalists like myself to work hard, tell an impactful story, and live life to the fullest. We’ll miss you dearly.

By: WBTV’s Alex Giles

We lost our good friend Steve Crump WBTV today. ❤️
He fought so long and hard – and so did his sweet wife Cathy. She was right by his side the whole way.
Steve knew everyone. Once I mentioned a friend from high school – who lives in Raleigh. He knew her.
Everyone knew Steve too. And loved him. He will certainty be missed but I sure am glad I got to know him.

By: Leigh Brock

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