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CNBC Anchor Mark Haines -- Dead at 65

5/25/2011 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Veteran CNBC anchor and "Squawk Box" commentator Mark Haines died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday night -- CNBC has confirmed.

Mark Haines

CNBC President Mark Hoffman released a statement calling Haines a "building block" of the network's programming ... adding "Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed."

Haines was a fixture on NBC's financial network for 22 years -- co-anchoring the "Squawk on the Street" show and providing commentary on everything from the dot com bubble burst to the current financial crisis.

A cause of death has not been released.

Haines was 65.

UPDATE: Hanies' former co-anchor Erin Burnett just issued a statement -- saying "Mark’s legacy is that he didn’t tolerate any B.S. from anyone. He wanted to tell the story -- and that’s why so many viewers trusted him. He would always ask the question that nobody else would ask. He was fearless."

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