Pulitzer winner, Detroit radio icon Angelo B. Henderson dies after leg surgery

AngeloPopular radio host Angelo B. Henderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who turned to ministry and became an influential voice for Detroit and equality, has died less than a month after undergoing surgery on his leg.

He was 51.

Henderson, who slipped on the ice in mid-January and suffered a quadricep tendon rupture, was healing at his Pontiac home when he died early Saturday.

Just a few days ago, he reported on his Facebook that he was doing better. 

“Ya’ll be safe,” Henderson posted Tuesday. “I’m on lockdown in a leg brace and on crutches going from the couch to the Lazyboy chair and back. MISS YA’LL! Thanks for supporting MY RADIO BROTHER!!”

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Henderson posted this picture on Jan. 24.

The exact cause of his death is unknown.

Henderson was the popular host of News Talk WCHB 1200 AM and 99.9 FM.

He won a Pulitzer Prize at the Wall Street Journal’s Detroit Bureau for his gripping narrative of a drugstore robber’s death. He also worked at the Detroit News.

He later became a minister and frequent volunteer.

Henderson is originally from Louisville, where he graduated from the University of Kentucky and landed several reporting gigs before moving to Detroit.

Henderson is survived by Felecia Henderson and their son, Grant.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • bebow

    This is shocking news. So sad.