In a somber turn of events, the world bids farewell to a cherished journalist, Ruschell Boone, who passed away at the age of 48 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Her story is one of resilience, strength, and unwavering commitment to her craft, inspiring countless lives along the way.
Ruschell Boone’s odyssey began in 2021 when she received a diagnosis that would change her life forever. What initially seemed like vague stomach discomfort soon escalated into unbearable pain, leading her to the emergency room. It was there that a CT scan delivered the devastating news: pancreatic cancer.
“I just started wailing, crying and looking at my husband, thinking I heard it incorrectly,” she shared after the diagnosis. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m dead … My kids are going to grow up without a mother.'”
But Ruschell’s indomitable spirit wouldn’t allow her to succumb to despair. She embarked on a journey marked by tenacity and hope, determined to defy the odds stacked against her.
From June 2022 to March of the following year, Ruschell took a step back from her anchoring duties to undergo chemotherapy. The grueling treatment regimen tested her to her limits, yet her spirit remained unbroken.
In March, she returned to her anchor chair at NY1, her radiant smile and vibrant energy captivating viewers once again. She shared with her devoted audience that the chemo had been “brutal,” but she was back, “feeling great.”
Her first interview back on NY1 was with none other than New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who celebrated her return, tweeting that “our city is so lucky to have @RuschellBoone back where she belongs — behind the anchor desk and holding all of us in positions of power to account.”
However, just four months after being declared cancer-free, Ruschell made a heartfelt announcement on social media. Her battle with cancer had taken an unexpected and challenging turn.
“I’m very touched by all who reached out to see how I’m doing. Unfortunately, my cancer has metastasized in my liver, and I’m back in treatment. It’s rough, but the chemo is working,” she shared on her Instagram and X accounts in late July. “Prayers have carried me through the difficult moments. Thank u for rooting for me.”
Ruschell’s unwavering determination to continue her fight against pancreatic cancer resonated deeply with those who followed her journey. She became a powerful advocate in the battle against the disease, known for having one of the lowest survival rates. Her efforts included emceeing and participating in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Purple Stride walk to end the disease in April, as well as attending Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Comedy vs. Cancer fundraiser event.
Throughout her career, Ruschell Boone’s remarkable ability to connect with people, both on and off-screen, was undeniable. She was a true luminary, effervescent in every sense of the word, and a joy to be around.
“Ruschell will always be remembered for her service to the people of New York, especially her beloved boroughs of Queens and the Bronx. We will not be the same without her,” the memo to NY1 staff declared.
Her legacy lives on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her, and in the stories she told as a dedicated and principled journalist.
Today, we say goodbye to a remarkable journalist who fought valiantly, inspired many, and touched countless lives. Ruschell Boone’s story serves as a testament to the enduring human spirit, a reminder that even in the face of the greatest challenges, hope and determination can shine brightly.
She leaves behind a loving family, her husband Todd, and two sons, Jackson and Carter. Ruschell’s memory will forever be etched in the annals of journalism, a beacon of strength, resilience, and compassion.
As we mourn her passing, let us also celebrate her life, her achievements, and the indelible mark she left on our hearts.