Eric Spinato, a top producer at Fox Business Network, mostly for Maria Bartiromo, died of COVID over the weekend, at age 52. But in her on-air remembrance, misinformer Bartiromo kept Spinato’s cause of death a secret.
Eric Spinato, the head booker and senior story editor for the Fox Business Network, died over the weekend, the network said Monday.
Spinato's brother, Dean, wrote on social media that the cause of death had been the coronavirus.
Spinato worked at Fox for nearly 20 years. He joined the network in 1998, before briefly leaving in 2004 to work at CNN and MSNBC. He returned to Fox in 2007 and worked at the company ever since, working primarily with Maria Bartiromo.
If Spinato’s brother reported the cause of death on social media, clearly the family is not trying to keep it private. But Deadline got hold of the Fox memo to staffers about Spinato’s death and there was no mention of it. The memo did call Spinato “an immensely gifted and aggressive booker and was renowned for booking the innumerable ‘gets’ we’ve seen on both FNC and FBN over the years.”
Bartiromo also kept mum about Spinato’s cause of death in her eulogy. She sent her love to his family but we don’t know if any of them were infected, too, or spared.
You can watch that eulogy below, from FBN’s March 23, 2021 Mornings with Maria.