Ruschell Boone, Beloved NY1 News Anchor, Dead At 48 After Pancreatic Cancer Battle

New Yorkers are mourning the loss of a beloved TV personality. Ruschell Boone, an Emmy-winning anchor for NY1, died on Sept. 3 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 48 years old. The station announced the sad news in a lengthy tribute, honoring the journalist’s acclaimed career and dedication to covering the local community. Ruschell grew up in Jamaica and joined NY1 in 2002. She became the station’s noon anchor in 2021. Ruschell and her husband, Todd, met while working together at NY1 and they went on to welcome two sons, Carter and Jackson. Ruschell was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2022 and kept her journey well documented on social media, sharing frequent updates on her chemotherapy. In February 2023, she shared a candid and now-bittersweet selfie video expressing her gratitude and relief for undergoing what was her 12th and final round of chemo at the time. Just five months later, she told Instagram followers that her illness had returned and metastasized to her liver and she was back in treatment. Ruschell was also a vocal activist for cancer research and participated in multiple charitable endeavors. In its obituary, NY1 honored Ruschell’s memory and the legacy she leaves behind. “She was devoted to raising awareness about cancer and other health issues. And while she was facing a constant fight of her own, Ruschell felt it was important to extend a hand and help others in their time of need. Wherever Ruschell was, she always made time to laugh, to dance, and to celebrate life,” the passage read in part.