Yesterday, all of San Diego learned the news that Larry Himmel, longtime KFMB/Channel 8 reporter had died of cancer. The news spread during Channel 8’s 11 p.m. broadcast in which Larry’s co-workers reminisced and shared stories about their time with him.
During the 2007 wildfires, Larry gained national attention for famously reporting in front his burning home in 92127. In 2012, when 92127 Magazine’s cover feature included Larry, his family and his story of that day, he discussed the events that led up to the chilling and heartbreaking live report.
A friend of the ZCode family, Larry was a supporter of the local magazines and community news as a whole. Known for his quirky and off-beat video stories, he offered to feature ZCode’s magazines in a report about the five year anniversary of the disastrous fires.
Himmel passed away after a battle with cancer at 68. He is survived by his wife, Joan and son, Miles.
CBS 8 has produced a touching video tribute to Larry on its site.CBS News 8 – San Diego, CA News Station – KFMB Channel 8
“Larry,” “Himmel,” and “beloved” are all trending on Twitter in San Diego. Sums it up well. — Ben Higgins (@BenHigginsSD) November 6, 2014
As with all of San Diego, we at 92067 Magazine wanted to pay tribute to a great man that will always hold a special place in the hearts of our amazing community.