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KOMO TV Anchor Kathi Goertzen Dies at 54

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Longtime Seattle television news anchor Kathi Goertzen died Monday night following a long battle with brain tumors. She was 54 years old.

KOMO-TV, the ABC affiliate where she worked for three decades, announced her death on its website Monday. Goertzen was first diagnosed with a benign brain tumor about 12 years ago. Despite multiple surgeries and radiation treatments, the tumor continued to grow, paralyzing her face.

The Seattle native and graduate of Washington State University anchored KOMO newscasts in Seattle for nearly 30 years.

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