Nancy Carr, SVP corporate communications for Hallmark Channels, died today after suddenly falling ill earlier this week. She was 50. Carr, a 20-year PR veteran, joined Hallmark in 2005 as VP corporate communications. Before  that, she spent 15 years at CBS, rising to VP communications where she oversaw publicity for the network’s movies and miniseries as well as such series as CSI, CSI: Miami, Everybody Loves Raymond and Without a Trace. Carr served on the Board of Governors of the TV Academy and served as treasurer of the TV Publicity Executives Committee. She was also very passionate about cat rescue.  There will be no service, however people are invited to make a donation to two organizations which Nancy supported and meant a lot to her: and

“Hallmark Channels is saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Nancy Carr,” the company’s president and CEO Bill Abbott said.  “We are grateful to Nancy for guiding the company’s corporate media strategy for more than five years. On the personal side, those of us who cared deeply for and about Nancy will never forget her dedication to life’s smallest creatures, as she worked tirelessly for animal rights and animal rescue. The company sends deep and sincere condolences to Nancy’s family.”

“It’s a very sad day,” Carr’s former colleagues at CBS’ communications department said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with her husband, Ronnie and her family.  We’ll remember Nancy as the architect behind some of CBS’s biggest mini-series and live events campaigns, as well as, an exceptionally dedicated colleague and most importantly, a kind and caring person.”

Carr is survived by her husband, Ronnie Bradford, her brother, Michael, and a stepdaughter.