Funeral Announced For Former WWJ Anchor Cliff Russell Funeral Announced For Former WWJ Anchor Cliff Russell – CBS Detroit

(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.

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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.

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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.

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He is survived by his wife and three sons, three daughters, two step-sons and seven grandchildren.