(WXMI) — Local reporter Barton Deiters has died of West Nile virus at the age of 56, according to WOOD TV8.
In a tribute to Deiters, WOOD writes that the Wyoming native battled the disease for the past seven months. They say his family was with him when he passed.
Deiters was a staple of West Michigan journalism and a beloved member of the community.
Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and his coworkers at WOOD TV8.
Read WOOD’s full tribute here.