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Veteran CNN pundit Alice Stewart dies at 58

Alice Stewart, a respected political advisor and CNN commentator, died suddenly at the age of 58, prompting widespread grief from colleagues and public figures.

His body was reportedly found dead outdoors early Saturday morning in the Bellevue neighborhood of northern Virginia. Authorities do not suspect foul play and attribute his death to some type of medical emergency, CNN reported.

“Distressing. Alice was wonderful, talented, and a dear friend. And she loved America fiercely,” Senator Ted Cruz wrote in a post for God be with your loved ones.

Stewart joined CNN as a political commentator before the 2016 election and became a regular on-air presence.

In a 2020 interview with Harvard Political Review, Stewart described her role at CNN as “being a conservative voice but an independent thinker. I’m not a Kool-Aid drinker; “I am not a Trump supporter and I did not leave my common sense and decency at the door when I voted for (Trump).”

Mark Thompson, the network’s chief executive, reflected on its impact in a company-wide email sent on Saturday.

“Alice was a dear friend and colleague to all of us at CNN. A political veteran and Emmy Award-winning journalist, she brought an unparalleled spark to CNN’s coverage,” Thompson wrote. “She was known throughout our offices not only for her political savvy but also for her unwavering kindness. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn such an extraordinary loss.”

Born in 1966, in Atlanta, Stewart’s career began in local reporting and production in Georgia. She later moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to become a news anchor, and his political career took off when she served as communications director for then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

He later served in similar roles in several Republican Party presidential campaigns, including those of Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz.

His death on Saturday came as a shock to many. “We are all devastated” wrote CNN anchor Jake Tapper in a post for X.

“What a terrible shock. Alice Stewart was a consummate professional who made every show he was on so much BETTER,” CNN correspondent Brian Stelter added.