John Saunders, a fixture at ESPN has died suddenly at only 61 years of age.
The cause of death has not yet been released, but TMZ reveals that there is no foul play suspected.
Hannah Storm read the tragic news on ESPN, watch the video below.
"I have some shocking and sad news to report to you. Our generous and talented and beloved colleague, John Saunders, has died. John is one of the most familiar on-air faces at ESPN. You know him. He has been at ESPN for nearly 30 years, covering college football, basketball, the NHL in addition of course to co-hosting this program, SportsCenter. And was most recently a fixture on the Sports Reporters.
"Born in Canada, Saunders was an All-Star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues in Montreal before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of our day. Also, a founding board member of the Jimmy V Foundation, such a critical part of John’s legacy and the difference he has made in this world. All the work that he has done for cancer research and that foundation named for his longtime college basketball partner.
“John Saunders was 61 years old.”
Saunders was one of my favorite sports broadcasters, he will be missed.
Saunders was a founding board member for the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research since its creation in 1993.
He was also an advocate for juvenile diabetes.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters, Aleah and Jenna.