Longtime WZZM anchor Lee Van Ameyde dies at 66

A courtesy photo of Lee Van Ameyde.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Longtime WZZM anchor Lee Van Ameyde has died at the age of 66.

His obituary says he died suddenly on Friday after several years of dealing with diabetes and kidney disease.

Van Ameyde was an award winning journalist at WZZM for 40 years after beginning his broadcasting career in Ann Arbor, Flint and Detroit. He earned numerous awards for crime reporting, investigative work and political stories during his career.

An open memorial will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at Metcalf and Jonkhoff Funeral Home at 4291 Cascade Rd. in Grand Rapids.

A GoFundMe has been created to assist his family with funeral expenses.

Our condolences are with Van Ameyde’s family and our colleagues and friends at WZZM.

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6 comments

  • lml25

    Probably a lot of out of pocket medical expenses. Anyways,one of the top anchor guys–if not the best locally. WZZM has gone 100% liberal since he retired.He was all for reporting the news–not painting the Democratic bias they do now.
    “Love Trumps Hate” is not a motto for a news station.WOOD just as bad.

      • mike

        Notice how Suzanne Geha wasn’t involved with the 70th anniversary of WOOD TV love fest?? Pretty crappy way to be dumped and then not remembered in the big “look at us” celebration…

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