49-Year-Old Charter Executive James Hendricks Dies in Accidental Drowning Off New Jersey Coast

James Hendricks, Group VP at Spectrum Reach

James Hendricks, 49, a human-resources executive at Charter Communications’ ad-sales and production services unit, drowned accidentally off Long Branch, New Jersey, on Sunday, September 18, according to news reports that were confirmed by the company.

Hendricks, group vice president for human relations and administration at Charter-owned Spectrum Reach, previously held HR leadership positions at ESPN and for NBCUniversal’s NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, according to NAMIC, which plans to honor him posthumously at the organization’s annual conference and awards ceremony in October. He had been chosen as a Next Generation Leader by NAMIC.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague and friend, James Hendricks,” Charter said in a statement. “While only with Spectrum Reach for a few short years, James had a tremendous impact at the company and his enthusiasm and team spirit will be sorely missed. We send our condolences to his family at this very difficult time.”

According to news reports, Hendricks was swimming with a friend he was visiting Long Branch with when both began to struggle shortly after 6:20 p.m. on Sunday. The companion was rescued but lifeguards could not locate Hendricks, the Asbury Park Press reported. Hendricks’s body was discovered at 9:21 p.m., the Press said. The rescued swimmer was taken to Monmouth Medical Center in the city and treated and released, according to the report. A third swimmer who struggled that day also was rescued by Long Branch personnel, NJ.com reported.

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SOURCE: NextTV, Kent Gibbons