Submitted by ub on Tue, 03/20/2012 - 20:28

A friend of City Island Images, Jesus Javier has died on the west coast. His death was confirmed today by fellow journalists and family members. Jesus Javier died following a battle with cancer. When we recently met to catch up, he claimed he was improving.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a news statement praising Javier as one of the best news anchors, ever, in the City of Los Angeles. We mourn the loss of Jesus Javier, one of LA’s finest news anchors. He leaves a legacy of dedicated service to the Latino community.”

Jesus Javier was most recently vice president of Noticias de Estrella TV, channel sixty-two for Los Angeles residents.

Son Javier Joaquin issued a news statement which read "My dear father, Jesus Javier, rest in peace. More than you meant the world to me. I will love you and will miss the rest of my life. “

Jesus Javier previously served as news anchor for KRCA-TV, Channel 62. He delighted fans in the 1990s serving as the new anchor for Univision’s KMEX-TV, Channel 34. From 1993 to 2000, Javier helped KMEX become the number one Spanish-language television station. He joined KMEX after served for four years as the evening telecast news anchor on Telemundo’s KVEA-TV, Channel 52 during the 6 pm and 11 pm hours, where he was hired as managing editor and appointed to the Telemundo post by his friend and colleague, Roberto Soto

He also worked in KDTV, Channel 14 for Univision in San Francisco and KWEX-TV for Univision in San Antonio. Latinos4Movies reports “In 1997, Jesús Javier received a Golden Mic Award from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern California for his series, “Infierno Bajo Cero”, a special investigation on the false promises of high wages and abundant jobs that lure many Latinos to Alaska.” It adds that “In 1984, he won a silver medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival for Best Documentary with “De Leyes y Papeles.” In addition, Jesús Javier anchored “Destino ‘90″, which won an Emmy Award for Best Public Service Special.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced to news. Jesus Javier will be greatly missed.