ABC News Reporter Dr. Jamie Zimmerman Drowns in Accident While in Hawaii
By: Jason Fisher, Xiro Xone News October 15, 2015
On-air analysis for ABC News Jamie Zimmerman, died in a drowning accident on Monday while vacationing in Hawaii.
Zimmerman 31, was apparently trying to cross the Lumahai River on the Hawaiian island of Kauai when she slipped while crossing the river and was taken out to sea by the strong current.
When lifeguards located her, Zimmerman was unresponsive. According to police, they brought her to shore and administered CPR. She was taken to Wilcox Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Jamie Zimmerman was memorialized by ABC News President James Goldston in a note to staff members. "Jamie touched so many of us across ABC News," Goldston said. "We will miss her."
A member of ABC's "Medical Unit," Zimmerman had carved out a successful niche in media. Along with ABC, Zimmerman also contributed to the Huffington Post, Yahoo News and PBS.
Zimmerman had a passion for global health and her "work around the globe," which included time in Haiti, Congolese refugee camps and the Amazon rainforest.
Goldston remarked on her international work in his note on Thursday.
"Jamie had a passion to make the world a better place and help all of us lead better lives," he said.
Zimmerman's mother, Jordan, paid tribute to her daughter in a post on Facebook.
"My little girl was always trying to do too much," she wrote. "She wanted to write books and already had a literary agent.
She just couldn't stop taking on more. It's as if she knew her time was limited and she was trying to fit it all in!"
She added: I hope my baby girl's life will inspire you to take action to make our world better. It can be as little as sharing a smile or kind word or as big as your imagination and effort will allow. This is Jamie's legacy."