Longtime TV sports anchor Gary Papa has died, WPVI-TV reported on its Web site today.

Papa joined the station in 1981, and became sports director in 1990, according to 6ABC. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he told viewers in 2004, and the effects of his treatment were visible after his absences from the air.

Update: We've posted a full story, where more details will be added as the reporting continues.