Jim Vance, a longtime NBC4 Washington anchor, died Saturday morning.

In May, the 75-year-old told his colleagues that he was being treated for cancer.

He has been with the station since 1969.

According to his biography on NBC4, he started as a General Assignment reporter then moved to the anchor desk in 1972. He anchored News4 at 11 for more than 40 years.

He has several awards and honors including 17 Emmy awards.

"Vance always celebrated the good and acknowledged the parts of life that didn’t go so well. That made him a great man," said Jackie Bradford, the president and general manager of NBC4.

To see the full statement from Bradford, click here.

His burial will be private but, there are plans in the works for a memorial service down the road. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the scholarship in Vance's name at the Greater Washington Urban League, which benefits at-risk kids living in Ward 8.