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December 23, 2012

KFDM sports director shocked over anchor's death

Funeral services for Leger set

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BEAUMONT —

“He was the perfect host,” Friedman said. “Even when we all just went to his house, he was the perfect host. It was his friendly way of doing things. He was your friend and I know that is how the viewers thought of him.”

Friedman said he got the call from his news director early Saturday to break the news of Leger’s death and he quickly called Kelli Phillips who sat beside Leger on the nightly news as an anchor for many years.

“It was rough,” Friedman said. “I am not one to sob or break down. That is simply not how I am. Last night (Saturday night) I was on Facebook and saw Bill’s daughter change her picture to one of her and her dad and I lost it. I have daughters of my own and I couldn’t imagine them having to go through life without a father. It really hurts to think of his family and what they are going through. It is a complete shock.”

Leger, 48, was a native of Kinder, La. and had been employed with KFDM for almost 20 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia (Tecoo) and daughters Tatum and Tori. He is also survived by his parents Stanley and Kathryn and aunt Rita.

Leger graduated from LSU in 1986 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. His weekly Restaurant Reports, which aired every Friday, became one of the station’s most popular segments.

Jenna Abshire Beach of Orangefield was one of hundreds of people who went on KFDM's Facebook page to speak to those left to mourn Leger's death.

“I am so sad to hear of Bill's passing,” Beach wrote on the social media site. “I know he will be sorely missed. Sending lots of prayers and blessings to his family and his KFDM family. Peace be with you.”

Over 650 people had commented on the post announcing his death on the website as of Sunday afternoon.

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