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News Anchor Stays Calm Reporting Own Husband's Death (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

A Indian news anchor stayed on the air for several minutes after receiving the heartbreaking news that her husband had died (video below).

Supreet Kaur, 28, was reporting on a car accident in Pithora for IBC24 on April 8 in which three had died and two were injured. A reporter gave details about the accident, and Kaur reportedly started to suspect that her husband may have been involved in the crash, as he was in the area riding in a vehicle similar to the one described, WLS-TV reports.

According to IBC24 Editor in Chief Ravi Kant Mittal, Kaur stayed professional throughout the report, even when the screen displayed photos of the vehicle and blurred images of the accident's victims.

"She was doing her job, and she kept on doing it with composure and without showing her emotions on air," said Mittal.

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Kaur, who has worked for IBC24 since it started in 2008, broke down after the show, when her husband was confirmed among the dead. She had been married to Harshad Kawade for 18 months, Mittal said.

"Salute Supreet's strength in dealing with her husband's demise with extraordinary bravery and professionalism," tweeted Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. "May departed soul rest in peace."

The production team found out about Kawade's death during the broadcast, but "did not have the courage" to tell Kaur until after the news, BuzzFeed reports.

"Even though the reporter on the ground did not give out names, the team could tell that she had found out," said another editor for IBC24.

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"It speaks volumes about her sense of duty and professionalism that she continued and kept her calm for another 10 minutes," said the editor.

"The moment the cameras were off she began calling her relatives and broke down. She left for the accident site after that," the editor said.

Kaur is one of the most popular anchors in the state.

"We stand with our colleague in her pain," the editor said, according to Indian Express.

Others have also praised Kaur's courage and composure during the broadcast, including politician Dhananjay Munde, who noted that Kaur had "set a legendary example of [how the] show must go on."

Social media users also offered their condolences to Kaur.

"How heart wrenching could this be?" said one Twitter user. "But she worked on, detached as her world crashed. Heart goes out for her."

"An example that women are at any day stronger than men," tweeted another. "#Hatsoff to you brave lady and my condolence for your loss."

Sources: WLS-TV, BuzzFeed, Indian Express (2) / Photo credit: Twitter via BuzzFeed

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