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Local 10 Anchor and Reporter Todd Tongen's Cause of Death Revealed

Longtime Local 10 News anchor and reporter Todd Tongen's cause of death was revealed, WPLG reported.

The station reported Tongen died by suicide. He was 56.

The ABC affiliate says Tongen was found dead by police Monday after his wife was unable to reach him while out of town.

Tongen joined WPLG in December 1989 after working in radio in his native Minnesota and in Colorado. He worked as a weatherman at stations in Colorado and Arkansas before coming to South Florida.

One of his most popular segments was "10 Taxi," in which Tongen drove guests such as comedian Joan Rivers and actor Vin Diesel in a 1967 Checker cab.

Viewers also watched Tongen train with the Miami Dolphins and fly with the Air Force Thunderbirds.

His most recent role at WPLG was as weekend morning co-anchor. He is survived by his wife, Karen, and his two sons, Tyler and Ryker.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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