(WWJ) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for former WWJ anchor Cliff Russell.
A visitation will be held Sunday until 9 p.m. at the James H Cole Chapel on Schaefer Highway. The funeral will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the St. Stephen AME Church at 6000 Stanford in Detroit.READ MORE: GOP Lawmaker From Michigan Gets 15 Days In Jail For Drunken Driving
Russell passed away from a heart attack at the age of 61. He worked at WWJ in the mid-80s until 1994 when he became Detroit’s first African American press secretary to the mayor.READ MORE: Enbridge: Anchor In Straits Of Mackinac Will Be Recovered
In 2002, Russell was named Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Tigers, the first African-American to hold the position in Major League Baseball history.MORE NEWS: Wayne County Sheriff's S.C.O.U.T Program Assist Area Police With Crime, Speeding In The Community
He is survived by his wife and three sons, three daughters, two step-sons and seven grandchildren.