Nicolas Fulop is best known for being the second husband of Merri Dee, an American philanthropist and TV journalist. She is being reported to have passed away on March 16, 2022, at the age of 85. Dee was best known for her work at Chicago, Illinois television station and national cable superstation WGN-TV (Channel 9) as an anchor/reporter from 1972 until 1983 and director of community relations from 1983 until 2008.
Nicolas Fulop & Merri Dee
Dee and Nicolas Fulop got married in 1999 and she was 52. He became the second husband to her after her first marriage ended in divorce. The couple had been together from the time of their union until her death in 2022. Her first marriage happened when she was a teen barely 18 and it is not clear how long it lasted.
She has a daughter from her first marriage named Toya Monet. Besides her daughter, Dee also has an adopted son, Attorney Richard H. Wright. And Grandson Julian Alexander Wright.
Merri Dee Survived a shooting Back in 1971
Back in 1971, she hit the headlines in an incident that shocked the US. She was kidnapped along with Psychic Aland Sandler, a guest on her show at the time, and forced to drive to a remote location. The said incident happened after Dee and Sandler were approached by 21-year old Samuel Drew while sitting in Dee’s car.
The two were both shot at the back of their heads twice he shot both Dee and Sandler twice before the assailant, Samuel Drew dumped them out of the car and drove off. Dee managed to crawl to a highway where she was rescued and taken to a hospital, being treated for her wounds. Speaking about the horror incident, Dee said in a 2013 interview, “I smile because it’s only because of my faith that I believe that I’m supposed to be here. I’m supposed to be here. The gentleman who was with me did not live, and here I am.”
Merri Dee Death & Cause
Merri Dee passed away on March 16, 2022, in her sleep as per her family statement. They wrote in a statement posted on her official social media platforms, “It is with great sadness, our family announces the loss of our beloved matriarch, the brightest light in our lives, Merri Dee, who died peacefully in her sleep at home.”
Besides her television and radio work, Dee also made a huge impact on her the community around Illinois due to her Philanthropic work. Her pursuits also included protecting vulnerable individuals such as children in need of adoptive homes.
Merri Dee. A gut punch. She blazed a trail. She proved angels wore pink. She knew everyone’s name. She -long before it was chic- supported causes that didn’t benefit her – the measure of mercy. Rest well, Ms. Dee.
-Here, the pleasure to intro her at “Out in the Office circa ’18 pic.twitter.com/K5mzbIMp8Q
— Brad Edwards (@tvbrad) March 16, 2022