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Former Detroit news anchor dies after getting COVID-19 vaccine, husband says; cause of death unclear

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A former Detroit news anchor reportedly died just a day after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Karen Hudson-Samuels, 68, worked in Detroit as a host, producer, and news director for over four decades before she died Tuesday.

Hudson-Samuel’s husband found her dead in their home. She had received the COVID-19 vaccine just the day before, but no official cause of death was given.

“We suspect it was just a stroke, but due to the normal side effects of the vaccine, he may have masked it,” said Cliff Samuels, her husband. “Hopefully we’ll know from the autopsy report soon.”

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Hudson-Samuels started at WGPR-TV, the country’s first black and operated television station.

According to One Detroit Public TV, she was instrumental in the American Black Journal’s road show to help preserve WGPR’s legacy.

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WWJ reporter Vicki Thomas described Hudson-Samuels as a “beautiful person” and said her death was a “great loss” to the community, according to CBS Detroit.

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