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Former RI TV Personality Martines Pina Found Dead

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Sheila Martines Pina (Photo courtesy: WPRI-TV)

Sheila Martines Pina (Photo courtesy: WPRI-TV)

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Former Rhode Island television personality Sheila Martines Pina, who once co-hosted a show with current “Today” host Matt Lauer, has been found dead in her Massachusetts home.

Dartmouth police say Martines Pina was found by family on Wednesday morning. She was 58. The cause of death remains under investigation, but authorities say it does not appear suspicious.

Martines Pina co-hosted “PM Magazine” on WJAR-TV in Providence, R.I., from 1979 until 1988, sharing the anchor desk for part of that time with Lauer.

Martines Pina, who was married to former Bristol District Attorney Ronald Pina, was also the former director of the Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She fought a public battle against alcoholism for years and even served jail time for drunken driving.

Service plans are pending.

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