Dax Tejera, ABC's executive producer for its current affairs show This Week, passed away on December 23 at 37.
The news of his death was announced by the channel's president, Kim Godwin, on December 24 via a memo, which revealed that Tejera died due to a heart attack.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the memo stated:
"It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that our friend and colleague, Dax Tejera passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night. As the executive producer of 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos' Dax’s energy, passion and love for that show, ABC News, and you, shined every Sunday morning. That same love was extended to his precious girls."
Dax Tejera was survived by his wife, Veronica, and two daughters.
All you need to know about Dax Tejera's wife and kids
Before his death, Dax Tejera was married to Veronica and had two kids. The duo tied the knot on August 3, 2019, after dating for some time. They had their wedding in Cartagena, Colombia.
The couple welcomed their first daughter, Sofia, on November 30, 2020. Two years later, in July 2022, Dax and Veronica welcomed their second daughter, Ella. Both the girls used to appear on their dad's Instagram handle frequently.
At the time of his death, Sofia was two, while Ella was five months old.
After Tejera's passing, Veronica was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, after she suddenly left her children. According to E! News, the authorities received an emergency call at 11 pm on December 23 reporting "unattended children" in a hotel room.
As of writing, no other news related to Veronica or her charges has been revealed.
Brief information about Dax Tejera
According to his LinkedIn profile, Dax Tejera graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and government before joining the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2016.
He began working as a senior producer with ABC News in 2017, and just before the pandemic, was promoted to the position of Executive Producer for This Week With George Stephanopoulos in February 2020. The news was conveyed via an internal message, Media Moves reports.
During his time, he covered several important events like former President Donald Trump's meetings with Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the January 6 Capitol riots.
His LinkedIn profile also states that he began working in the news sector in August 2007 as a News Associate with NBC Universal Media. He was with the network for five years and was promoted to roles like Researcher, Overnight Assignment Editor, and Producer.
In 2013, he began working as an Executive Producer of AMERICA with Jorge Ramos at Fusion Media Network. He also EPed the tv special Soul of the Nation Presents: Corazón de América – Celebrating Hispanic Culture.
Tejera is survived by his wife, Veronica, and two young daughters.