Former FOX 9 meteorologist dies after series of health complications


A meteorologist who formerly worked for FOX 9 in the Twin Cities has died after a sudden illness.

Mike Tsolinas, who most recently was the meteorologist for KTNV in Las Vegas, was taken off life support on Monday, the TV station reports.

He leaves behind a young daughter, Gabi, the station adds. The Pioneer Press reports he worked for FOX 9 for five years between 1999 and 2004.

According to comments attributed to his brother and shared on Facebook, Tsolinas was admitted to hospital with the flu which then developed into pneumonia.

A series of health complications then presented themselves, with doctors finding his immune system compromised by hairy cell leukemia, before then finding out he also had the West Nile Virus.

He was taken off life support after he started to have kidney failure as well as internal bleeding.

He fell ill more than three weeks ago, with his last posting on his Facebook page reading: "I've never been any thing but very honest and this is the SICKEST I've ever been! Ugggh!"

Local reporters have been paying tribute, with FOX 9's Alix Kendall saying on Facebook: "One of my former 'Good Day Minnesota' co-hosts has passed away.

"Meterologist Mike Tsolinas was gravely ill and was taken off life support yesterday. He was our first meteorologist on the morning show back in 1999. He later moved to Las Vegas. He was a 'Top Notch' kinda guy."

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