Dorraine Samuels died after battle with illness

Veteran broadcaster Dorraine Samuels has died.

Samuels passed away Tuesday afternoon after a battle with cancer. She was 59.

In a statement, her longtime employer, RJR/Gleaner Communications Group said that it was deeply saddened by Samuels’ death.

“Dorraine had surgery in recent weeks and we have been praying for her recovery. However, she lost her battle with cancer this afternoon,” said the media conglomerate.

“We continue to hold her family, friends and colleagues in our prayers,” the statement added.

Samuels is a former longstanding anchor of TVJ’s nightly news, a role she held up to January of this year.  Naomi Francis, press secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, also expressed her grief.

“My heart is broken. May your beautiful soul rest with the angels,” Francis said.

There have been an outpouring of tributes to Samuels on social media since news of her death.

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