March 21, 2015 at 06:31 PM EDT

Lisa Colagrossi, a popular New York-based television journalist, died Saturday after suffering from a brain aneurysm, according to her employer WABC-TV. 

The Channel 7 Eyewitness News reporter suffered the aneurysm while returning from an assignment Thursday morning. The 49-year-old was placed on life support at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center’s ICU, before being pronounced dead on Friday. 

“Lisa Colagrossi embodied the Eyewitness News spirit—a straightforward reporter who told the truth, empathetic to the everyday citizens of the New York area, and demanding of those in power,” said Dave Davis, president and general manager of WABC-TV, in a statement. 

She is survived by her husband and two sons, age 11 and 14. 

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