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ESPN broadcaster John Saunders dead at age 61

10 August 2016 Entertainment News

4E Sports Staff

Bristol, CT, United States (NewsBahn) – ESPN broadcaster John Saunders has died at the age of 61, according to the network. The cause of death for the long-time host has not been released

ESPN officials were understandably upset following the death of the talented broadcaster, who brought a solid and steady approach to events he covered.

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades," said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. "His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

"He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

His friends and associates from ESPN, including Chris Mortensen and Jemele Hill respectively, tweeted of their sadness over Saunders' death.

"The news of John Saunders' death could not be more crushing. We all loved him dearly. We grieve. We will miss him. Can't replace the man."

He and I were just together last Friday at NABJ . He was such a champion for myself and SO many others. Devastated isn't even the word.