Retired CTV late night news anchor Leigh Chapple has died.

Chapple, 58, was found by her husband, Dean Holmes, without vital signs at a Cork Street home on Tuesday morning.

Chapple was pronounced dead shortly before 9:30 a.m.

The Ottawa-born broadcaster had retired from the airwaves in May 2012 after a 36-year career. Retired anchor Max Keeping said he was shocked to learn of his former colleague’s death.

Chapple was not only the anchor of the late night newscast she also was the producer, said Keeping. He said her show faced some tough competition against the U.S. late night talk shows, but Chapple was able to hold its own against them.

Richard Gray, Bell Media’s regional vice-president and the station’s general manager, praised Chapple when she retired for her “skills as a broadcast journalist and her commitment to this community.”

(Picture: Leigh Chapple, a former CTV Ottawa news anchor, died Tuesday at her home in Ottawa. She was 58. File photoPhotograph by: BRIGITTE BOUVIER , The Ottawa Citizen)

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