Angelo Henderson Dies, ‘Buoyant’ Pulitzer Winner

The popular Detroit radio personality won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 while at the Wall Street Journal. 

Angelo Henderson used this photo in 2009 when he ran for president of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Angelo Henderson used this photo in 2009 when he ran for president of the National Association of Black Journalists. NABJ

Report: Medical Examiner Cites Natural Causes

Angelo B. Henderson, a Detroit radio personality who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1999 while at the Wall Street Journal, died in his home in Pontiac, Mich., Saturday, according to Detroit news reports. Henderson died “after being rushed to the hospital in the morning. The 51-year old had been off the air recently” after a leg injury, WDIV-TV reported.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office said Henderson died of natural causes, according to John Wisely, writing in the Detroit Free Press.

The cause of death is unknown,” Lauren Abdel-Razzaq and Darren A. Nichols reported for the Detroit News. “His death was confirmed by his wife, Felecia D. Henderson, assistant managing editor of features and presentation at The Detroit News.”

They also wrote, “Back in January, Henderson had surgery to repair a torn tendon in his knee after a fall. It is unclear if the surgery had anything to do with his death.”

On Jan. 18, Henderson showed his Facebook followers a photo of his elevated left leg wrapped in a brace and wrote, “FB Cuz’s: I fell on black ice @ a The Palace of Auburn Hills. Damage: quadriceps tendon rupture – surgery is Thursday! Off work sIx (6) weeks….. On lots of pain meds and even more on Thursday..”

His note drew 246 comments.

On Tuesday, Henderson tweeted, “I have 2 weeks more of healing b4 any physical therapy. Healing 1st – trying to garner lessons.”

Henderson was active in the National Association of Black Journalists, where he ran unsuccessfully for president in 2009. NABJ President Bob Butler messaged members with the news “with great regret” Saturday afternoon.

“The news of Henderson’s passing hit all members hard, particularly NABJ presidents,” Butler said in a statement.

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