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KTLA weathercaster Mark Kriski hospitalized for ‘mild stroke’… after entertainment reporter Sam Rubin’s shock death from heart attack

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  • Kriski’s wife, KTLA reporter Jennifer Gould, shared news of his stroke
  • She said he was communicative and joking around in the hospital
  • Gould said they waited to share the news due to Sam Rubin’s recent death 

KTLA weathercaster Mark Kriski suffered a ‘mild stroke’ earlier this week, the station reported on air on Wednesday.

KTLA reporter Jennifer Gould — who is Kriski’s wife — told TMZ that the popular weatherman had the stroke early on Monday morning while at their home in Los Angeles.

She said Kriski was quickly hospitalized, though luckily he is already on the mend.

Kriski’s health scare comes after the iconic LA station suffered a tragedy with the death of its longtime entertainment reporter Sam Rubin.

Rubin died of a heart attack at his home in Hollywood shortly after regular news segment for KTLA. He was 64.

KTLA weathercaster Mark Kriski (pictured) suffered a ‘mild stroke’ earlier this week, the station reported on Wednesday. His wife, reporter Jennifer Gould, told TMZ that he was hospitalized

Kriski's health scare comes after KTLA suffered a tragedy with the death of longtime entertainment reporter Sam Rubin of a heart attack at 64; Rubin pictured in 2018 on This Morning

Kriski’s health scare comes after KTLA suffered a tragedy with the death of longtime entertainment reporter Sam Rubin of a heart attack at 64; Rubin pictured in 2018 on This Morning

Gould said that her husband was still able to communicate, and his jokey demeanor and high spirits suggest a smooth recovery ahead.

According to KTLA, Kriski has been receiving top medical care and is excited to rejoin the news team once he is fully recovered.

The weather broadcast was described as being in ‘good spirits’ when he checked in with the station on Wednesday, and he offered thanks to friends and fans who reached out amid his stroke scare. 

Kriski, who hails from Montreal, Canada, began his career on radio before moving in front of the camera on Canada’s Weather Channel, according to his website.

After doing other work as a weathercaster on television in Canada, he made his break into the US market by accepting an offer to be the KTLA Morning Show weatherman for its launch in 1991.

He usually covers the morning forecasts from 7 to 11 a.m.

Over his career, Kriski has earned nine Emmy Awards and an Associated Press Radio–Television Award.

Gould added that she and Kriski didn’t immediately share news of his stroke with his KTLA coworkers, as many of them are still dealing with the loss of their colleague, KTLA’s popular entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, who also joined the station for its 1991 launch.

Sam was known for often hosting KTLA’s Academy Awards coverage, and he hosted his own talk show, Hollywood Uncensored. 

Rubin was at his Hollywood home earlier in May when he suffered a fatal heart attack just hours after he did his regular news segment.

He was taken to UCLA West Hills via ambulance, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Gould said that her husband Kriski was still able to communicate, and his jokey demeanor and high spirits suggest a smooth recovery ahead; they are pictured together in 2012 in LA

Gould said that her husband Kriski was still able to communicate, and his jokey demeanor and high spirits suggest a smooth recovery ahead; they are pictured together in 2012 in LA

Kriski, who hails from Montreal, Canada, began his career on radio before moving in front of the camera on Canada's Weather Channel, but joining KTLA for its launch in 1991

Kriski, who hails from Montreal, Canada, began his career on radio before moving in front of the camera on Canada’s Weather Channel, but joining KTLA for its launch in 1991

His stroke scare comes after entertainment Sam Rubin died of a stroke earlier in May. He was rushed from his home to UCLA West Hills by ambulance, but he was declared dead upon arrival; pictured in 204 in LA

His stroke scare comes after entertainment Sam Rubin died of a stroke earlier in May. He was rushed from his home to UCLA West Hills by ambulance, but he was declared dead upon arrival; pictured in 204 in LA

In addition to his work for KTLA, Rubin also made regular appearances on This Morning in the UK in 2018.

After his death was announced, KTLA shared a tribute to the late reporter, nothing that his ‘laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him’. 

‘KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin. Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades. 

‘His laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most. Our thoughts are with Sam’s family during this difficult time,’ the channel wrote on X. 

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