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Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook, wife of WBUR host Tom Ashbrook, died in their Newton home today after a long battle with cancer.

The Ashbrooks have been longtime Newton residents.  They’ve done lots for the community over the years, particularly the Friends of the Library.

Ashbrook was a  foreign editor and reporter for the Boston Globe.  Since 2001 he has been the host of radio WBUR’s “On Point” program.  I’ve never met the man, but after all these years of listening to him on the radio, it feels like I just heard terrible news about an an old friend.  Our thoughts are with the Ashbrook family.