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In Memoriam: Mark Haines

May 25, 2011

Autism Speaks was saddened to learn of the death of our friend, CNBC Anchor Mark Haines, who passed away suddenly in his home yesterday, May 24, 2011. Mark was not only a friend of Autism Speaks' co-founders, Suzanne and Bob Wright, but he was also a friend and supporter of the autism community.

Mark enthusiastically stepped up to support the mission of our organization by attending our national events and helping us to spread autism awareness on CNBC. Along with his co-anchor, Erin Burnett, Mark helped us spotlight World Autism Awareness Day on CNBC's “Squawk on the Street” in 2008 in an effort to help us raise the public consciousness of autism. At that time, 1 in 150 children were affected with the disorder. Here is a link to that segment.

“Our heartfelt sorrow to Cindy, Matthew and Meredith on Mark's passing. Mark was the founding anchor of Squawk Box and a cornerstone of CNBC from the very beginning,” said the Wrights. “Not only was Mark a television personality, but he was also a lawyer, business critic, and an insightful interviewer with an eye on the small investor. For many years we enjoyed Mark's company on and off the air. He is a legend in the business of financial news and it was an honor knowing him.”

Autism Speaks sends our condolences to the Haines and CNBC family at this time.

Read remembrances of Haines by the Wrights and others here.

In lieu of flowers, the Haines family has requested that donations be made to Autism Speaks. If you wish to make gift to Autism Speaks in memory of Mark Haines, you may do so here.

Watch Larry Kudlow of CNBC's tribute to Mark Haines below.