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A TV “friend” dies suddenly

My husband and I, early birds, always have MSNBC's Morning Joe on  while we drink coffee and read the newspaper together.

Mark Haines, co-author of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" died unexpectedly Tuesday. He was a little crotchety but smart with a good sense of humor.

When the news came over a news wire, I immediately called my husband at home to tell him. We reacted the way you might when a neighbor you like but don't know too well dies suddenly. We'll miss him on our morning TV.

This is grief in the modern age.

(AP photo)

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