Sam Champion’s father - Lt. Col. James H. Champion passes away

October 27th, 2010 - 8:50 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

sam Los Angeles, Oct 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The “Good Morning America” weatherman - Sam Champion has lost his father. His father, Lt. Col. James H. Champion passed away on Monday at the age of 75.

Prior to his father’s death, Sam tweeted on the popular social networking and micro blogging site Twitter that he wouldn’t be on the show this week because he was on his father’s bedside.

Lt. Col. James H. Champion was a retired Marine. He served in Japan, Hawaii and Vietnam before retiring from active duty in 1981. In the army, he received two bronze medals and a Tet Offensive decoration in recognition for his combat. He had other decorations as well in the army for his 28 years active service.

The news of the death of Sam’s father was broken to the GMA show’s staff on Tuesday. The message on Tuesday read Sam’s “tight-knit military family is strong and hanging together to face their time of grief”.

Sam Champion has been the weatherman on the GMA show for the past four years.

The cause of his death was not immediately made clear. His wife, Sylvia, a daughter, Teresa and Sam along with two grandchildren, survives him.

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