Memphis News Anchor Amanda Hanson, 38, Dies After Complications from Medical Emergency: 'We Are Devastated'

The newly married Memphis native was known for bringing her love of dance to her on-air broadcasts

<p>Action News 5/ YouTube</p> Memphis news anchor Amanda Hanson

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Memphis news anchor Amanda Hanson
  • Amanda Hanson, an anchor with Action 5 News in Memphis, Tenn. died this week

  • Her death resulted from complications after having an undisclosed medical emergency

  • She was known for incorporating her love of dance into her broadcasts early in her career

Amanda Hanson, an anchor with Action 5 News in Memphis, Tenn., died on Thursday from undisclosed causes, the network announced in a post on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

She was 38 years old.

Hanson had a “medical emergency” earlier this week which caused fatal complications, according to KAIT-8, the network where Hanson started her news career in 2010.

It was on KAIT-8 where Hanson would celebrate “Dance Party Fridays,” earning her the nickname “Dancin’ Hanson” among her colleagues.

Hanson started taking dance lessons at 8 years old, and was on the dance team when she attended the University of Memphis.

Before she landed her job with KAIT-8, Hanson told Action News 5, “I was going to take some time and travel on a cruise ship, dancing on the shows.”

She’d previously performed at Libertyland, a now-closed amusement park.

“I would have never guessed that I would be doing what I’m doing now,” Hanson said of her news career. “I would love to think that I would be dancing on Broadway” if she wasn't a journalist.

Recently, a family member shared video of her and her new husband, Darren, dancing in their kitchen, which they recently renovated.

“Her renovation tales never failed to bring laughter to our group,” Action 5 News wrote in their online tribute to Hanson, adding, “with Amanda often laughing the hardest.”

“We are devastated,” Action 5 News wrote on X, adding that Hanson “was the driving force behind the Action News 5 Digital Desk.”

“Amanda was as energetic of a person you will ever meet. Had so much joy for life, the Lord, family, and friends," the K8 sports team wrote in a post on Facebook.

"Bet she's dancing right now in Heaven and watching the Memphis Tigers.”

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