Reports say ‘Tennessee Crossroads’ host Joe Elmore was sick before he passed away, but what exactly had happened to him?

Joe Elmore was a part-time host and producer at Tennessee Crossroads at the time of his passing.


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On June 17, 2024, Joe Elmore, famously known as the host of Tennessee Crosswords, passed away at the age of 80.

As soon as his passing news emerged in the media, many appeared to be speculating if the cause of his demise was a stroke or some infection, but that is not the case. It has just been said that he lost his life due to some prolonged illness.

While announcing his passing, Tennessee Crosswords wrote, “Dear Crossroads viewers, there’s no easy way to say this. Our beloved friend and host for 37 years passed away this morning following a long illness.”

It further mentioned that even though he is no longer alive, the show he helped to create will continue.

Well, Joe Elmore had been working on the TV program Tennessee Crossroads since 1994. He was a host and executive producer for the show until his death.

Joe Elmore’s colleague remembered him as ‘a legend in local broadcasting & true gentleman’

As Joe Elmore bids a last goodbye to the living world, many of his co-workers are honoring him by speaking highly of him.

Talking to the Tennessean, WKRN News 2 anchor Bob Mueller remembered Joe as a highly professional person who always maintained a constant smile on his face. He called Joe “a legend in local broadcasting.”

Likewise, Nashville broadcaster Laura Faber called Joe a soft-spoken, humble, and true gentleman who represented the state of Tennessee in the best possible way. She further stated, “He was a comfortable soul, always professional and kind, and the best story teller.”

Meanwhile, his sons, Chris and Bobby Elmore, daughter Lily Elmore, ex-wife Afsoon Elmore, and his sister, Berth Elmore, survive him. His memorial service is scheduled to take place in Nashville.

Additional Information

  • Joe Elmore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Arkansas State University and attended the University of Memphis to study broadcasting and film.
  • Joe began his career as a school’s media relations director and an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism before starting his television career in Memphis.
  • He was also a bass guitarist. He has played for bands like ‘The Blazers’ and ‘The Tarantulas.
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety is a content writer with almost two years of experience in the field. She is a passionate researcher and likes to use the skill to explore Hollywood trend. From hopping to the gossip train, to writing about the biggest scandals and exposes of Hollywood, Anuja can do it all. In her free time, she is immersed in books about dystopian realities and fairytales. Now, that explains the writing talent she got!


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