Our thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends of WNEM-TV news anchor Sam Merrill, who passed away suddenly at home.

WNEM reports that Merrill collapsed at home earlier today and died.

Our thoughts are with Sam's wife Katy, his son James, and his entire WNEM family.

Merrill is pictured below in his touching tribute to Katie O'Mara, who left WNEM last year.