Elizabeth Vargas' Double Tragedy
August 9, 2005

On the same night ABC news reporter Elizabeth Vargas found out that her colleague, Peter Jennings, had lost his battle with lung cancer, she got blindsided by another piece of horrifying news: Vargas found out her husband had been shot in the head. He was in the hospital, where doctors were trying to remove a bullet from his skull.

Vargas' husband, Grammy Award winning singer Marc Cohn, is best known for his hit, "Walking in Memphis." But after a sold-out show Sunday night in Denver, two men tried to carjack the band's van. One of the men fired a gun through the windshield, hitting Cohn in the head.

Vargas, a "20/20" reporter and a candidate to replace Jennings in the world news anchor chair, rushed to Denver to be by her husband's side. Miraculously, doctors say he is going to be okay.

Sources say the lucky couple plans to return to New York by the end of the week. And this couple certainly is lucky. As one policeman on the scene said, "Frankly, I can't tell you how he survived."


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