Anne Pressly

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An Arkansas television anchorwoman died Saturday, several days after she didn’t answer her wake-up call and was found beaten in her home, hospital officials said.

Anne Pressly, 26, died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Margaret Preston said.

In a statement released by the hospital, Pressly’s parents, Guy and Patti Cannady, asked for privacy as they grieved.

“It was our hope, as was yours, that Anne would overcome the injuries inflicted upon her in the brutal attack at her home,” the statement read. “We were with her in her last moments, and although our hearts are broken, we are at the same time comforted by our faith knowing that Anne is now with our heavenly father.”

Pressly was beaten around the head, face and neck. She had been unable to communicate with her family or police while being kept sedated in the intensive care unit.

The anchor’s death came only a day after a doctor said he was encouraged that her vital signs were stable while she remained in critical condition. Dr. Clifton R. Johnson told reporters Friday that swelling in Pressly’s brain had gone down since being hospitalized and that doctors had slowly been reducing her sedative dosages.

She was discovered Monday morning a half-hour before she was to appear on ABC affiliate KATV’s “Daybreak” program. Her mother went to her home after she didn’t answer her regular wake-up call.

Sgt. Cassandra Davis, a police spokeswoman, has said investigators suspect Pressly was the victim of a random attack. Davis did not return a call for comment Saturday night.

Pressly was a native of Greenville, S.C., and moved with her family to Little Rock while she was in high school. She was a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

She had a small role in the new Oliver Stone movie “W.,” which was filmed in Shreveport, La. She appears briefly as a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” event on an aircraft carrier shortly after the start of the Iraq war.

On Saturday, KATV opened its nightly news cast with a seven-minute segment devoted to Pressly. Anchor Pamela Smith told viewers that Pressly’s family agreed to have their daughter be an organ donor. Smith’s voice hitched as she read condolences sent into the station, her eyes red.

“She owned every room she was in, not because she demanded our attention, but because we willingly gave it to her,” Smith said. “We all felt a little better, a little more alive just being near her.

“Life was easy for Anne Pressly. But it is her death that is so very hard for all of us.”

No funeral arrangements were immediately announced.

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press


3 thoughts on “Anne Pressly

  1. Janet

    To the Pressly Family and Friends:
    News hit far and wide about the attack on your precious Anne. As soon as I saw the horrific news, tho not knowing Anne or any of you for that matter, I shed some tears and said lots of prayers. A senseless act on someone who loved life, loved her family and friends, and loved her job, as well as loving others she didn’t know and doing for her community. Have faith that the person or persons responsible for her death will be brought to justice and have faith that it will be very soon. God knows who did this to her, and He will seek that person or persons out and they will be known for all to see. There is absolultely no excuse for her murder. None. A precious angel on Earth has become a precious angel in the arms of the Lord and I among many many others share your grief. May God be with you and yours and see you thru this tragedy. The world is praying for you, God is with you. Be blessed in knowing she is in a much better place and one day you will be able to see her again.

  2. Nova Adamson

    I watched Anne everyday since moving to Arkansas from Austin, Texas. Anne always made me smile with her stories and all the crazy stuff she was willing to do for Channel Seven. I felt as tho she was just part of the family. Our prayers are with her family and friends and may God be with each of you during this terribly tragic time.


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