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TV reporter’s son pays heartwarming on-air tribute to late father: ‘You’ll always be my hero’


The teenage son of beloved showbiz reporter and KTLA anchor Sam Rubin has paid tribute to his father, who died suddenly on Friday after being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital.

Sam Rubin, 64, suffered a heart attack at his home after doing his regular morning Hollywood news segment.

On Monday, Sam’s 16-year-old son Colby bravely sat together on the same set where his father sat alongside his KTLA father just last week as he paid tribute to his father.

Colby, who is one of four children, choked up several times during the seven-minute, heart-wrenching segment as he read aloud a letter that was personally addressed to his father.

It left those gathered around the announcer’s desk in tears as staff at the local television station mourned the death of Rubin, who had been on the station since 1991.

Cory Rubin, 16, the teenage son of TV reporter Sam Rubin, paid tribute following his sudden death from a heart attack in Los Angeles.

The emotional segment left Rubin's colleagues at the anchor's table in tears

The emotional segment left Rubin’s colleagues at the anchor desk in tears

Rubin began working at KTLA 33 years ago and became a regular on the station's red carpets and morning show, often doing live interviews with stars who stopped by.

Rubin began working at KTLA 33 years ago and became a regular on the station’s red carpets and morning show, often doing live interviews with stars who stopped by.

«The outpouring (of support) has been overwhelming,» Colby said during the KTLA broadcast. ‘And people I didn’t even know are reaching out… I was on a trip with my dad and people from that trip from another country said ‘We’re so sorry,’ so it’s like a reunion.’

Colby then read part of a letter he wrote to his late father live on television.

«Hey dad, I wrote this under the table in your cubicle where you caught me sleeping, but you didn’t wake me up there this time,» Colby began. “Dad, I can’t believe you’re gone. You’ll never pick me up from school again, we’ll never ride bikes, we’ll never fight over food, you won’t be at my wedding. I can’t believe you’re gone,” Colby said through tears.

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‘I love you so much. You were the kindest soul. There was light in every room. I can’t imagine my life without you,” Colby continued.

“You took me to every scout meeting. Every physical therapy visit. Every trip to Disney.

“More than anything, I wish I could show you how grateful I am and how much I love you. I can’t believe you’re gone,” he added as emotions ran high.

“You were an incredible father and friend. You told me so much about life on our car rides. About your work, about how you woke up every day and had to do what you love.

“I idolized you. You were and are – you will forever be my hero. And I never had to tell you and I’m so sorry.’

The emotion was just too much for Rubin’s co-hosts Jessica Holmes, Mark Kriski, Frank Buckley and Dayna Devon, who were visibly emotional.

“You always knew what to say and you helped me so much in life. Every day you helped me and encouraged me. I am completely who I am because of you. You were always smiling and laughing and you were everything good in the world,” Colby said.

“I can’t believe I lost you. You took care of me and helped others around you. You instilled in me a moral compass and values ​​that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. Dad, I’m so proud to be your son. You are a beautiful person and will never be forgotten. Dad, I love you. I’m so lost without you I will miss you every day.’

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«He never left. He’s been online for over 30 years, so I always have someone to turn to,» Colby cooed.

Cory, left, was on a trip with his father, Sam, when he died suddenly

Cory, left, was on a trip with his father, Sam, when he died suddenly

KTLA's Sam Rubin and son Colby Rubin, who was nine at the time, are seen in Star Wars in December 2016.

KTLA’s Sam Rubin and son Colby Rubin, who was nine at the time, are seen in Star Wars in December 2016.

Colby recounted the times his father was there to support him, including a kayaking trip

Colby recounted the times his father was there to support him, including a kayaking trip

Rubin, left, is seen with his co-workers participating in a charity bike ride in 2011

Rubin, left, is seen with his co-workers participating in a charity bike ride in 2011

Cory, right, is pictured alongside his siblings, Rory, Perry and Darcy

Cory, right, is pictured alongside his siblings, Rory, Perry and Darcy

«You have a lot of aunts and uncles here,» the anchors said in response to Colby’s touching tribute. “We got you. We got your back.’

Rubin began working at KTLA 33 years ago and became a regular on the station’s red carpets and morning show, often doing live interviews with stars who stopped by to promote their latest projects.

Rubin has also worked with the Australian breakfast shows Today and Today Extra and This Morning in the UK.

He has won multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Mic Award for Best Entertainment Reporter, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association.

He was also named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Colby was embraced by co-workers who pledged to be by his side as he mourns his father

Colby was embraced by co-workers who pledged to be by his side as he mourns his father

Veteran reporter Sam Rubin died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at the age of 64

Veteran reporter Sam Rubin died Friday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack at the age of 64

Colby recounted how his father was always by his side and supported him in his ventures

Colby recounted how his father was always by his side and supported him in his ventures

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By all accounts, Rubin was a fun-loving colleague

By all accounts, Rubin was a fun-loving colleague

The reporter, who was last on the air Friday, has worked at KTLA since 1991 covering entertainment, movies and television (pictured KTLA 5 with his former colleagues)

The reporter, who was last on the air Friday, has worked at KTLA since 1991 covering entertainment, movies and television (pictured KTLA 5 with his former colleagues)

Rubin is seen with Mariah Carey
Rubin is seen with Ryan Seacrest

Rubin has interviewed some of the world’s most famous celebrities throughout his career

Rubin's last interview was with Jane Seymour, 73. After learning of the reporter's departure, Seymour wrote, “It's hard to believe that I was just yesterday with (Sam Rubin).  I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing... 'You will miss Sam'

Rubin’s last interview was with Jane Seymour, 73. After learning of the reporter’s departure, Seymour wrote, “It’s hard to believe that I was just yesterday with (Sam Rubin). I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing… ‘You will miss Sam’

Tributes to the sudden loss of legendary news anchor Sam Rubin can be seen at KTLA

Tributes to the sudden loss of legendary news anchor Sam Rubin can be seen at KTLA

In 2013, Rubin was awarded the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Impact Award for Outstanding Integrity in Broadcast Journalism.

His last interview was with Jane Seymour, 73, who was promoting the third season of her show Acorn Harry Wilde.

After learning of the reporter’s departure, Seymour wrote, «It’s hard to believe I was with (Sam Rubin) just yesterday.» I am deeply saddened by the news of his death.’

Ryan Reynolds spoke of Rubin’s kindness and professionalism.

“Even though I was on my 85th interview that day, I was always glad to see Sam. Even though he was on his 85th interview that day, he always brought genuine kindness, curiosity and an extraordinary question,” said the Deadpool actor.

Selma Blair recalled: “You were my first broadcast interview and one of my last. I feel so lucky to have watched and known you for so many years.”

‘Oh Sam! This is a sad moment to know that you are not here on this earth. Your memory will be a blessing. Another popular favorite! Thank you for your humanity.”



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