HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — We offer our condolences to the family of former CBS 4 anchor Eddie Flores.

In announcing his death, his family said he fought a hard battle with cancer for 10 years.

Eddie’s wife, Sarah Gomez Flores, shared the news of his passing on social media Tuesday afternoon. 

“To all that loved him and were touched by him, we announce the passing of our beloved Eddie R Flores. He fought a hard battle with cancer since 2013 and faced many challenges. Through it all, he was a tough Marine and a faithful Christian. His wife , children, grandchildren, mother and sisters ask for our time to reflect,” she said. “I will always love and remember you, my love. Rest in peace.”

Eddie enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1986, and according to his LinkedIn was assigned to aviation ordnance storing and issuing of ordnance.

Once out of the service, he began his journalism career in 1989 as a sports reporter in Yuma, Arizona. He worked in several television markets before moving to the Valley to become a news anchor. He joined CBS 4 in 2015 to anchor our evening newscasts. He was later the main anchor at our sister station in Midland.

Eddie Flores was the Master of ceremonies at an American Red Cross fundraiser in Harlingen in April 2016/ Diana Eva Maldonado

CBS 4 morning anchor Marco Ramirez worked with Flores at KMID. Marco said he was heartbroken to hear the news.

“While Eddie Flores spent a long time reporting here in the Rio Grande Valley. I had the privilege of working with him at my very first Reporting job at KMID in Odessa, Texas. While I only got to work with him for a brief time, I still consider him as one of the best mentors I had as a reporter. Rest in Peace,” Marco shared on Facebook.

NBC 23 chief meteorologist Freddy Vela remembered his longtime friend.

“Working with Eddie was a treat that not many people get to say. On air he had this confidence that was unrivaled. He was passionate about getting the story first and with as much detail as possible,” Freddy remembered fondly.

“Off air, he was loud, brash, and beyond funny. He loved to joke and dance, but what I remember the most were our conversations. He always had Whataburger and would tell me about his parents and about his time as a Marine. It meant a lot to hear those stories. I’ll never forget him.”

CBS 4 senior meteorologist Jim Danner knew Eddie well. They had been friends for nearly a decade.

“I received word today that my friend Eddie Flores passed away. He was one the first people that I met when I first came to the RGV back in 2015. And we kept in touch long after that. Many people will remember his great news anchoring and reporting. May you rest in peace, my Dear Friend.”

Eddie is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Funeral services are pending.