DALLAS WFAA lost a member of the News 8 family on Wednesday. Former reporter Bert Lozano died after suffering cardiac arrest last Sunday.

He was just 42 years old.

While he was a very dedicated journalist, to us it is Bert's sense of humor and friendship we'll remember most.

That smile.... his laugh.

Bert worked at Channel 8 from 2004 to 2007. He won an Emmy for a story called Breaking the DaVinci Code. Shot in New York, it detailed the controversy over the film The DaVinci Code and its portrayal of the Catholic group Opus Dei.

It is one of many well-told stories, but one of Bert's most memorable moments came on a Sunday night during a live report when a streaker dashed right in front of him.

Bert never acknowledged the streaker, and he never missed a beat telling his story.

It's much like the way he lived his life in the moment and to the fullest.

Bert's wit and his friendship will be greatly missed by his former colleagues.

Bert worked as a vice president at the Weber Shandwick public relations firm in Dallas after leaving WFAA. He began his TV career at KRGV in the Rio Grande Valley and at KSAT in San Antonio.

Bert's family and close friends were by his side at Methodist Dallas Medical Center when he died Wednesday at age 42.

Our hearts are so heavy at losing our Bert, but we cannot begin to express the thanks for all the love and support and prayers by Bert's family of friends and colleagues here in Dallas, said his parents, Humberto and Margarita Lozano.

They encouraged all his friends to celebrate Bert's life and remember all the things he did that made them laugh and smile.

That is the way Bert would want to be remembered, they said.

Arrangements for a memorial service and funeral are pending.

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