John Fredericks, former weatherman and animal activist, has passed away
by Debbie Hall, contributing writer
Las Vegas Informer
As reported by Tom Hawley on Facebook and Norm Clarke on Twitter:
For all who have expressing interests, prayers and wishes, I am sorry to post that John Fredericks has passed away. His former collegue John Overall is still arriving in town this evening as previously planned, and will join with John F’s pastor to make final plans. If there is any sort of a public service planned, we will post it here. Thanks to all of those who wished him well and said kind things.
Fredericks was on air from 1995 to 2008 in Las Vegas and was considered one of the most popular daytime personalities as its meteorologist on KVBC Channel-3 (Las Vegas NBC affiliate) with his beloved dog Jordan by his side for 12 years and Little Jordan (known as L-J) for two years until leaving KVBC in 2008. Fredericks added a light side to the News 3 morning show with his joke-of-the-day, Fredericks-fact, and his warm on-air presence. Fredericks devoted himself to animals and in 2005 was very involved in raising funds for animals who had to be rescued after Hurricane Katrina.
In recent years, Fredericks has had trials with the death of his dog Jordan, losing his job, depression, alcoholism, and homelessness.
He had returned to Las Vegas for a second chance, but had been in declining health for several months, and was admitted to Nathan Adelson Hospice, where he passed from liver failure Nov. 23. Fredericks was 57. Accolades and praises for his work are being posted on Facebook and Twitter.