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What caused Brenda Buttner’s death? Her Obituary: Cancer, Daughters, Fox News, Funeral, Family

Who is Brenda Buttner?

Brenda Buttner was born on 22 May 1961, in Santa Cruz County, California USA, of both Irish as well as Portuguese ancestry, and was a broadcast journalist as well as a senior business correspondent, perhaps best known for her work with the Fox News Channel as the host of “Bulls & Bears”. She passed away in 2017.

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The Net Worth of Brenda Buttner

How rich was Brenda Buttner? As of mid-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $3 million, earned through a successful career in broadcast journalism. She was also a frequent contributor to the show “Your World with Neil Cavuto”. All of her achievements have helped put her wealth to where it was at her passing.

Education and Career Beginnings

Very little information is known about Brenda’s childhood, except that she grew up with a brother in Watsonville, California. She enrolled in Harvard University and graduated with a degree in social studies in 1983, and afterwards became a Rhodes Scholar at England’s Oxford University, Balliol College for two years; the Scholarship is a well-known international postgraduate award given to students with outstanding potential so they can study at the University.

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She graduated from Oxford with high honors, with a degree in politics and economics. She then returned the US, to Reno, Nevada and began her career on television with the NBC affiliate KCRL-TV. During this time, she was also a feature editor at the magazine called “Cycle World” which is a publication for motorcycle enthusiast, founded by Joe Parkhurst and considered the largest circulation motorcycling magazine in the world. High profile writers have contributed to the publication, and it has also had a slew of different corporations as owners, including CBS, Hachette Magazines, Hearst Corporation, and most recently Bonnier Corporation.

CNBC and Fox News

In 1990, Buttner moved to CNBC to become the host of the show “The Money Club” – the business news talk show aired on the network until 1997, and it was focused on personal finance, specifically saving as well as making money, and targeting both casual and seasoned investors. It had numerous regular segments such as “Winners and Losers”, “Mutual Fund Investor”, and “Of Mutual Interest”, and it was common for viewers to call-in and interact with the hosts. Investor Jimmy Rogers was a regular guest on the show. Around the same time, Buttner also became the Washington Correspondent at CNBC for the next three years. She moved to general correspondent reporting in 1995 while hosting “The Money Club”, and after her show ended in 1997, her work as a general correspondent also took its course a year later. In 2000, she left CNBC to join Fox News which she would stay with until the end of her career. For her work with “The Money Club” she won a Cable Ace Award, and also a National Clarion award for best news story, part of writing numerous personal finance articles which featured in other popular publications such as “The New York Times” and “Ladies’ Home Journal”.

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Sickness and Death

In 2015, Brenda announced through social media that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, confirmed by Fox, and she had to take time off from work to undergo treatment. Reports also stated that she was having a very difficult time when it came to chemotherapy, and even with the other treatments. Two years after making the announcement, it was reported that she had passed away from the disease, which had spread to her eye then to her brain. Her breast cancer was also diagnosed to have been a rare form that was highly aggressive. She passed away while taking treatment at the hospital near her residence in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

Her colleague at Fox News Neil Cavuto made the official announcement of her death publicly, and the channel paid tribute for her. Eric Bolling, another well-known broadcast personality also extended his condolences publicly.

Personal Life

For her personal life, Buttner was married to political writer and public speaker Tom Adkins from 2005 up to their divorce in 2010; they had two daughters together.  Tom is known for being the producer and host of the show “Tommy’s Garage”, which targeted pop culture and politics characters. He’s also been noted for several articles of his that became highly popular, including articles that were republished for several years in “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. He was made frequent appearances on CNN and Fox News Channel. During her life, she was known for her general love of motorcycles, and particularly for riding them cross-country. She was fond of dogs, and owned two.

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