11 News reporter Dustin Cuzick passes away at 36

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Surrounded by friends and family, 11 News reporter Dustin Cuzick passed away on Thursday in Colorado Springs.

Dustin Cuzick

Dustin has been part of the 11 News family for almost 10 years. He was a news photographer and then a reporter, and more recently an investigative producer and researcher. We told you this spring that Dustin had some serious medical problems, and that he needed a kidney transplant.

On Thursday, he lost his long and brave battle.

You know him from his work on TV. At 11 News, we were all lucky enough to know him as a friend. Dustin was kind, intelligent and wickedly funny. He always made us laugh, and our newsroom was always better when he was in it.

Dustin was talented, creative, and in the last year or so especially, he was profoundly courageous.

We will share more with you about our colleague and our friend in the days ahead. We’re all stunned, and we're sad, and we aren't able to say much more for now.

Please give a thought or a prayer for Dustin Cuzick. At 36 years old, he touched so many of us. He should have had more time.

The family has decided to open Dustin's funeral to the public. In lieu of flowers, they are asking for memories. Click here service information and how to get an memory to his family.