Statement from ABC Radio Networks on the passing of Paul Harvey

From the BNO Newsroom.

Phoenix, ARIZONA (BNO NEWS) -- Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey has died at the age of 90, an ABC Radio Networks spokesman told BNO News on Saturday.

Network spokesman Louis Adams said Harvey died after he was hospitalized at a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. While Harvey lives in Chicago, Illinois, he has a winter home in Phoenix. He died while surrounded by family and friends. The spokesman did not know the cause of death or at what time he passed away.

ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson released the following statement. Below Robinson's statement is also a quote from Paul Harvey Jr. in response to the passing of his father.

"Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. His career in radio spanned more than seven decades, during which time countless millions of listeners were both informed and entertained by his “News & Comment” and “Rest of the Story” features. Even after the passing of his loving wife Angel in May 2008, Paul would not slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphone and reach out to his audience. We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his son Paul Jr. and the rest of the Harvey family. "

Statement by Paul Harvey Jr.:

My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news. So in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.