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CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski devastated by death of baby daughter on Xmas Eve


CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski and wife Rachel Louise Ensign have been left devastated by the death of their baby daughter.

The American news presenter revealed the his nine-month-old daughter, named Francesca, passed away on Christmas Eve.

The tot had been battling a rare form of cancer – and doctors had found a tumour on her brain back in September.

Taking to social media on Christmas Day to share his grief and pay tribute to the “bold curious baby, whose smile light up rooms” that he and his wife affectionately had nicknamed ‘Bean’.



Andrew shared the devastating news on Twitter revealing his daughter died on Christmas Eve

Sharing a photograph of his baby on Twitter, Andrew wrote: “We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad.

“There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her.

“We’re so grateful to have known her love.”



Francesca had bravely battled a rare form of cancer and was just nine-months-old

He added: “Francesca we love you.”

Andrew and his wife – who herself is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal – were met with an outpouring of love, support and condolences.

In September, Francesca had been diagnosed with “an extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor.”

After receiving thousands of messages, Andrew took to social media again to request followers make donations to a charity.

He wrote: “We’re so grateful for everyone’s support and kindness.

“In lieu of flowers, gifts, or food we’d ask people to donate in honor of Francesca to Team Beans in the PMC Winter Cycle, which donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to Dana-Farber.”

Andrew shared a link to a fundraising page for the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute – with the $300,000 (£224,000) donation target quickly nearing its goal.





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