NBC News’ Richard Engel, who is chief foreign correspondent for the network, has heartbreakingly announced his six-year-old son Henry, who he shared with his wife Mary Forrest, has died.
Engel confirmed the tragic passing of his eldest son in a joint statement with his wife on Twitter today (August 18), who suffered from a rare neurological disorder.
Condolences have poured in for the correspondent Richard Engel and his wife.
NBC’s Richard Engel and wife’s tragic announcement
On Thursday, the NBC News chief foreign correspondent announced on Twitter his son Henry had passed away aged six.
The tot was later diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a rare neurological disorder following genetic testing, whose results came back in September 2017, around the time of Henry’s second birthday.
Announcing the sad news of his death in a joint statement, Engel and Forrest remembered his son’s “easy smile” and “contagious giggle”:
Meet Richard Engel’s wife Mary
Richard Engel’s wife, Mary Forrest, also works in the world of broadcasting, as past reports have cited her to work as a television producer.
Her role as a producer is also linked to how she and her now husband met, as Today reports she and Engel crossed paths on a Martha Stewart show Forrest was working on.
The couple tied the knot five years on in May 2015 in a small civil ceremony in New York City. That September, the couple went on to have their eldest son, Henry.
In 2019 it was announced the couple had welcomed their second son, Theodore.
Condolences for Engel and family flood social media
Tributes and messages of support to the NBC News correspondent and his family have taken over social media.
One user on Twitter wrote: “My deep-felt sympathy to Richard Engel and family on the loss of Henry. God be with you.”
Another echoed: “God bless you and your family, Richard Engel. My deepest condolences to you and your family.”
A third continued: “So sorry, Richard. My heart goes out to you and your family. You were blessed to have each other. Beautiful boy.”