Nancy Carr, senior VP of corporate communications for Hallmark Channels, died Friday following complications from a perforated colon. She was 50.
Carr, who had suffered from brain tumors for the past several years, had been hospitalized at St. Johns Medical Center in Santa Monica since Monday night.
Carr, a graduate of USC, was well-known and well-liked among TV journos. Before joining Hallmark in 2005, Carr was at CBS for more than 15 years and ultimately served as VP of communications from 1999-2004. She helped launch dozens of Eye series, including "CSI," Without a Trace," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and the "CBS at 75" campaign.
At Fox in 1992-93, Carr was a senior manager of publicity at Fox where she oversaw such skeins as "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Roc Live."
"Hallmark Channels is saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Nancy Carr," said president-CEO Bill Abbott. "Nancy succumbed today in a Los Angeles area hospital after battling a long illness. We are grateful to Nancy for guiding the company's corporate media strategy for more than five years.
"On the personal side, those of us who cared deeply for and about Nancy will never forget her dedication to life's smallest creatures, as she worked tirelessly for animal rights and animal rescue. The company sends deep and sincere condolences to Nancy's family."
"It's a very sad day," the CBS Communications Group said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her husband, Ronnie and her family. We'll remember Nancy as the architect behind some of CBS' biggest miniseries and live events campaigns, as well as, an exceptionally dedicated colleague and most importantly, a kind and caring person."
Said Pam Slay, senior VP of network program publicity at Hallmark Channels: "She never complained a single day. She also never stopped rescuing animals from kill shelters. When I saw her at dinner last Friday, she showed me pictures of all the kittens she was finding homes for. She earned her angel wings long before she passed."
There will be no public service. The family asks that donations be sent to the animal rescue website http://www.FixNation.org.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Bradford, and two stepchildren.