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Veteran broadcaster Craig Sager passes away at 65

16 December 2016 Entertainment News

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Turner Sports’ veteran broadcaster Craig Sager passed away Thursday after years-long battle with acute myleloid leukaemia . He was 65.

In a statement, the network confirmed the passing of Sager, a legendary sideline reporter for 40 years and famous for his colorful and distinctive suits. He was first diagnosed with acute myleloid leukemia in 2014.

"Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us," Turner president David Levy said in a statement.

"There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports,” he added.

Levy said “thoughts and prayers are with Craig's wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong."

After his initial diagnosis, Sager, who worked for Turner for more than 30 years, missed the 2014 and 2015 NBA Playoffs and part of the 2014-15 regular season, as well as the 2015 NCAA men's tournament.

During the 2014 NBA playoffs, his son, Craig Sager Jr ., did the sideline interview with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich , whose interviews with Sager had become must-watch television.

Sager was admitted back into the hospital in late November 2016.

Sager worked his very first NBA Finals game in June through a partnership with Turner Sports and ESPN. He joined ESPN's Doris Burke for Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, which the Cavaliers won.

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