The husband of news anchor Nancy Parker and many celebrities with ties to the New Orleans area are sharing their feelings after the local news anchor died in a plane crash on Friday while reporting on a story.
Parker’s husband, Glynn Boyd, posted a lengthy message on Facebook on Saturday, saying he “would trade places with her right now. I should’ve been on that plane.”
“My heart is shattered,” Boyd wrote. “The dearest and most wonderful person in my life is gone. Our Nancy was an amazing human being.”
He continued, “She had so much to give. So smart, so talented, she was my everything. I just don’t know. I really don’t. No man, but God could’ve taken Nancy from my arms. I loved her and she loved me. We were best friends.”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted about Parker, saying, “My heart goes out to the family of Nancy Parker, a beloved reporter & news anchor in New Orleans, wife and mother of three. Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this time.”
Actor Wendell Pierce, who was born in New Orleans and starred in the HBO show “Treme” (which is set in New Orleans) tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of the consummate journalist Nancy Parker. My condolences to her husband Glen Boyd and their family. She made her mark in the journalism community of New Orleans and will be sorely missed. RIP.”
My heart goes out to the family of Nancy Parker, a beloved reporter & news anchor in New Orleans, wife and mother of three. Thoughts and prayers to all of you during this time.
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 17, 2019
Geraldo Rivera paid his respects to Parker, tweeting, “Condolences to family of longtime Fox News New Orleans colleague #NancyParker a classy dignified journalist who perished doing her job.”
Parker was also remembered by Congressman Steve Scalise, who wrote, “Nancy Parker represented what’s best about journalism. Her dedication & work ethic were recognized by her peers & our community. We’ll all miss her award-winning storytelling & warm presence on @FOX8NOLA. Jennifer & I are praying for her family as they deal with this tragic loss.”
Parker worked at FOX 8 for 23 years and leaves behind her husband Glynn and three children.
The pilot of the plane, Franklin Augustus, was also killed in the crash.