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BREAKING: Legendary Detroit News Anchor Bill Bonds, dead at 81

Photo Credit - Icon Detroit WXYZ Action News Anchor Bill Bonds has died.
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Icon Detroit WXYZ Action News Anchor Bill Bonds has died. 
Legendary Detroit based retired anchorman, formerly of WXYZ- Channel 7 Action News, Bill Bonds has died. Bonds was 81 years old, passing away Saturday afternoon from a heart attack.

Bonds started at WXYZ in 1963 and worked at the news channel until 1968. Three years later in 1971, Bonds returned and worked at the station until his retirement in 1995.

As a Detroit based icon was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010  In June was awarded one of the industry's top honor, as the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presented him with the Governor's Award. 

On December 8, 1980, Bonds gave one of his many commentaries, yet this time it was focused on the untimely death of Beatles group singer, peace activist and artist John Lennon. At the end of the commentary where the news anchor questioned Americans obsession with guns, Bonds completed the segment with this quote:

"We have so much. Why do we as Americans need these damn guns," Bill Bonds on the death of John Lennon.
Watch Bonds commentary on the death of John Lennon:

Known for this on and off air battles with former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young, Bonds was loved by many, disliked by some yet respected by all. 

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