Popular, longtime Boston news reporter Bill Shields has died at the age of 70.
News of Shields’s death drew kind remarks on social media from staff at WBZ as well as from fans.
Steve Burton, sports director for the news outlet, called Shields “beyond special” in a tweet, and anchor David Wade called him “the very best reporter” with a “top notch personality.”
— STEVE BURTON (@STEVEBURTONWBZ) February 18, 2023
Bill Shields leaves behind his wife and their three sons, Raphael, Justin and Tyler.
What was his cause of death?
Bill Shields died Saturday morning at age 70 following a years-long battle with cancer, the TV station confirmed.
Bill Shields previously battled lung cancer and won.
While being honored at a November 2021 event for Upstage Lung Cancer, a nonprofit that uses performing arts to raise awareness and funding for research into the disease, Shields said he was undergoing treatment again after a new diagnosis, WBZ reported.
Who was Bill Shields?
Bill Shields was a longtime WBZ-TV reporter known for his lively wit and humor.
Shields was a familiar face on WBZ-TV for 41 years and has covered all kinds of stories, from wild weather to organized crime to presidential elections to his own battle with cancer.
Since joining the station in 1980, Shields has established himself as a smart, seasoned street reporter who is willing to report from anywhere to bring the story to viewers.
Through his reporting, he took viewers to locations across New England, ranging from the highest peak in the Northeast atop Mt. Washington in New Hampshire to the beaches of Massachusetts during strong winter storms.