I got to know Jeff very well in the early 90's just after he won the contest to replace Ann Landers at The Chicago Sun-Times. Zazz hosted a segment on the WCSX Morning Show called "All That Zazz!" He would take listener questions and give solid, funny advice. He was such a great guy, he really cared about those around him and loved his wife and daughters. After his first child was born he would tell some pretty funny stories about his baby, Jordan. He was a really genuine person who will be greatly missed. I still have my autographed copy of his first book "All That Zazz!" He even wrote about me in his advice column regarding a dilema with a present my brother had given me for Christmas.
More details on his tragic passing...
DETROIT (AP) — Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed Friday when he lost control of his car on a snowy road after promoting his latest book in northern Michigan. He was 53.
Zaslow, co-author of the million-selling book “The Last Lecture,” was also a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and former advice columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Zaslow, who had an affinity for stories of heroism and resilience, worked on memoirs of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and airline pilot Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
“Jeff was a beautiful writer, wonderful collaborator, loving husband, father and friend,” Sullenberger, who was praised for his skill after safely ditching a plane in the Hudson River in 2009, said in a written statement Friday. “Our whole family loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed.”
Zaslow was killed in an accident Friday morning in Warner Township, about 160 miles northwest of Lansing, according to the Antrim County sheriff’s office. Zaslow’s car slid into the path of a semitrailer. He was killed on impact.
The sheriff’s department did not release the name of the victim, but literary agent and friend Gary Morris confirmed Zaslow’s death. Morris said he was told of Zaslow‘s death Friday evening by the author’s wife.
Zaslow was in northern Michigan speaking about “The Magic Room: A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters.” The book, based on a Michigan bridal shop, was published in December.
“His great talent was to find stories that had heart that people could relate to,” Morris said.