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Beloved Columbus Weatherman Chris Bradley Passes Away At Age 53

It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news of Chris Bradley’s passing with you all.

As you all know, Bradley had been fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia since March of 2017. He passed away on Wednesday at his home. He is survived by his loving husband Jason Bradley-Krauss and children Spencer and Maria.

Bradley’s last update came on November 18, when he announced he would be ceasing treatment for the disease and moving home with hospice care.

Chris Bradley and his family, husband Jason and children Spencer and Maria. via Facebook

Dear friends,
It’s difficult to write this post. I wish I had better news to share with you. After 21 months battling Acute Myeloid Leukemia, we’ve simply run out of options to treat this disease. I have an aggressive form of Leukemia and it is relentless and sneaky. We’ve done everything we could do to fight this beast. 5 rounds of chemo, a failed stem cell transplant, failed clinical trials and a failed immunotherapy trial.

I’m at home now, surrounded by my family. Jason and the kids have been so loving and devoted to my care all this time. Truly, we have fought this disease together. Our love for each other is so strong and saying goodbye has been excruciating for all of us.

I thank you for your continued prayers as I transition from palliative care at home to hospice care here at home.

I want to thank all of you for the love and support you have shown me and my family over the years. Both in sickness and in health. I’ve loved being a part of this community.

Our faith has seen us through many dark, scary times. Our faith sustains us, even now. I know my God and I know he is in control.

Please always remember that which we share in common is stronger than our differences. I am sincerely humbled to know I can call you all friends.

Chris Bradley joined WBNS as the station’s chief meteorologist in July of 2006. During his decade at the station, he built up quite the following of viewers, with hundreds of thousands of central Ohioans counting on him each day.

Bradley’s love of weather and his enthusiasm for discussing and explaining events lead to his “Weather Geek” persona, where he live-streamed weather events, answered questions from viewers, and engaged with the public in a way that made him feel like everyone’s friend.

“Christopher was the most magnanimous person I know,” said Jason Bradley-Krauss. “He had that rare ability to walk in a room, and the energy changed and suddenly people were happier and everyone felt at ease approaching him and talking with him.”

The couple was together for 23 years.

“And the Chris that people saw on TV is really the Chris I knew at home. He was just as charming and funny and kind and goofy as he came across on TV,” said Bradley-Krauss.

Bradley and his family lived in Worthington, where they were an active part of their community and church. “He had this enthusiasm for living that was incomparable and a spirit that was irresistible,” John Keeny, senior pastor at King Avenue Methodist Church, told The Dispatch.

On December 10, the three major Columbus news stations will come together to host a bone marrow drive in honor of Chris.