Jim Axel (Courtesy: WAGA)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The family of Jim Axel said the longtime WAGA-TV anchor has died of cancer.
WAGA-TV reported that Axel died Saturday at 75. He decided just over a week ago to forgo further chemotherapy that his doctor said wouldn't help. He died in hospice care in Florida.
One of his three sons, Jeff Axel, said "It was time." His father fought a tenacious battle with lung cancer after being diagnosed on his 71st birthday.
Axel started with WAGA-TV in 1962 and retired from the station in 1996. He reported on a wide spectrum of stories as an anchor and in travels within the U.S. and overseas.
He was born in Grand Haven, Mich. and is survived by his wife Millie and sons Jeff, Bob and Jason.
Plans for a memorial have not been announced.
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