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TV icon James Uhrin, known to locals as ‘Traffic Jam Jimmy’, passed away this morning, his family announced.
The Baltimore news star died at age 65 of a heart attack.
‘Traffic Jam Jimmy’ reportedly died due to heart attack
Uhrin was known for “guiding” drivers around Baltimore every morning while reporting traffic.
“Traffic Jam Jimmy” began working with FOX 45 in 1976.
He began working at the station part-time when he was a student at an electronics school run by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
During his important career at FOX 45, he worked as a director and editor and even helped shoot commercials.
In 2012, Uhrin moved to the news team.
He went with the news team that he started covering community events as well as reporting on traffic every morning to help drivers with their morning commute.
“One of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet,” said director of corporate production Dwight Weems.
“He was a wonderful person who has touched so many in our community. This is a great loss. This is a painful day for all of us. He will be missed.”
Every Christmas season, Uhrin would dress up as Santa Claus to visit sick children in Baltimore hospitals.
“Jimmy embodied hard work, dedication, commitment, loyalty and good old Baltimore,” said FOX 45 Public Affairs Manager Sharon Wylie.
‘Traffic Jam Jimmy’ reportedly died due to heart attack.
“He was blessed with a family, old-fashioned values and friends. Jimmy was always ready to help, to laugh, to tell a story. Our hearts are heavy, but we will always treasure the gift of this wonderful and charismatic character.”
Uhrin is survived by his wife, Marie, his three sons Greg, Martin and Jess, and six grandchildren.
“I just talked to him the other day about coming over to our house for a visit,” Parks said. “I will miss him terribly.”
Jimmy was a loyal character, “wonderful and charismatic,” said Sharon Wylie, FOX45 Public Affairs Manager.
People who learned of Uhrin’s death on Saturday night took to Twitter to share their memories of him.
Governor Larry Hogan said he was devastated to learn that Urhin had died.
“The last time I saw Jimmy was about a month ago for our annual Maryland Day interview in front of the State House,” Hogan said. “His trademark humor, his irrepressible spirit and his love for Baltimore and our state will be sorely missed.”