Funeral held for Chicago journalist who died from biking accident

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It was standing room only at a North Shore church Wednesday to say goodbye to a long-time Chicago journalist.

The medical examiner's office has ruled the death of Elizabeth Brackett an accident after a biking mishap.

The packed church in Kenilworth hints at the reach of Brackett, known to her friends and family as "Dibi."

After four decades as a Chicago reporter, she inspired colleagues at WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight."

“I kind of see her as the pioneer who kind of knocked down those doors for the rest of us…it makes me think that if there is an opportunity for me to be doing the same, I should be doing the same,” said colleague Brandis Friedman.

Even at 76 years old, Brackett was a world champion triathlete. She was training on her bike last week when she somehow fell, broke her neck and then died four days later.

“She lived life like a thoroughbred, and she died like a champion,” said colleague Phil Ponce.

There was a lot of talk at the funeral about Brackett's reporting and her athletic drive, but at her old family church, it was mainly about remembering her as a loving person.

“Live like Dibi does, be compassionate, be bold, don't let the rules confine you...push the edge and surround yourself with love,” said her son, Jon Brackett.

The funeral ended with her husband marching out, with arms raised, showing this was a celebration of a full life.