Bobbie Long, wife of Syracuse radio host Ted Long, dies after health battle


Bobbie Long, wife of Syracuse radio host Ted Long, has died after a health battle he shared with the central New York community. She was 62 years old.

“Bobbie passed away peacefully last night at Francis House, Inc.”, 93Q (WNTQ-FM) announcement Wednesday. “Ted is doing well and thanks everyone for surrounding them with your love and prayers.”

Ted, who has co-hosted ‘Ted & Amy’ with Amy Robbins for more than 30 years, revealed last month that Bobbie had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and needed a liver transplant from a living donor. The morning show’s hosts said “hundreds” of people volunteered to be tested to be a potential donor, but it turned out it was too late for a transplant.

“His body is not strong enough to handle surgery,” Ted announced last week. Bobbie was transferred to hospice care at Francis House and the couple made final plans for her life.

Ted thanked all of the doctors and nurses who helped throughout the process, including the liver transplant team at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and all of the listeners in the Syracuse area who expressed their support.

Bobbie Long, who retired from his job at the Baldwinsville bus garage earlier this year, had been hospitalized since mid-July after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver which causes long-term chronic liver disease. damage. The damage usually cannot be repaired, according to the Mayo Clinic, but if diagnosed early and treated, further damage can be limited and, rarely, reversed.

“I hate to say it, but it sucks getting older and dealing with these issues,” Ted said last week. “I’ll tell you: never take anything for granted, especially your health, especially life in general, because I’ve always felt like I’m living a blessed life and maybe that’s a reward. for that…maybe that’s the price you pay for living such a great life.

Amy voiced her support and tried to find a silver lining, noting that Ted and Bobbie had made lots of great memories over the years and had traveled to many places.

“We are all thinking of you and Bobbie,” Amy said.

“Thank you all for your outpouring,” Ted told Amy and their listeners. “I really appreciate that.”

Ted didn’t appear on the Wednesday morning show, but Amy and Joey Walker spoke about Bobbie on air and said she would be missed.

“He’s been incredibly brave to share this whole saga with us…and he still thanks everyone for surrounding him with prayers and love and I think Bobbie felt that right to the end,” said Amy on “Ted & Amy in the Morning.


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