A longtime NBC staffer who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
The network has identified the employee as Larry Edgeworth, 61. Edgeworth worked in an equipment room at NBC News' 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York.
His wife said that he also suffered from preexisting health conditions.
"As we have heard from medical professionals, those with underlying health concerns are sadly the most vulnerable," NBC News Chairman Andy Lack wrote in a statement.
"Many of you were fortunate enough to work with Larry over the years, so you know that he was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were," he continued.
Edgeworth reportedly worked as an audio engineer for 25 years with the news network. After news spread of his passing, Edgeworth's colleagues stepped forward to pay tribute to their longtime peer.
"Larry was a gentle bear of a man, the heart and soul of our extended NBC family," Andrea Mitchell, NBC News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, said. "I was always cheered and reassured knowing he was on the team in the field. He always had my back whether here in the U.S. or in the most dangerous situations around the world."
Some NBC staffers are being ordered to work from home after a third employee tested positive for the virus.
"We are fully supporting our colleague, who is experiencing mild symptoms and receiving medical care, and I know you join me in sending our very best for a quick recovery,'' NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a statement Monday.