“Good Morning America” Weatherman Sam Champion Loses Dad

The forecast reads “Cloudy With a Chance of Sad Faces” for Good Morning America meterologist Sam Champion.

The AM show’s usually-chipper weather personality is feeling a bit down in the dumps after the passing of his beloved dad, Lt. Col. James H. Champion. The decorated war veteran died at his home in Houston late Monday, surrounded by loved ones.

“After a life of service to his country and his family, Lt. Col. James H. Champion, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), passed away last night in Houston, Texas,” Good Morning America Senior Executive Producer Jim Murphy wrote in an email to the show’s staff this morning.. “He was better known to us as Sam Champion’s dad. Sam, his sister Teresa and his mom, Sylvia, were all together with the Lt. Col. at the end.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center (RE: Lt. Col. J. H. Champion)
PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210

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Our condolences to Sam and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts.