ESPN’s Chris Mortensen diagnosed with Stage IV cancer

Cancer sucks. That’s really the only thing you can say about this terrible disease. In less than a week, it has claimed the lives of two legends in David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

The sports world has been affected greatly by this in the past, with ESPN feeling the biggest sting after Stuart Scott passed away from it just over a year ago. On Friday, they were rocked with more news as longtime analyst Chris Mortensen announced he has been diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer.

He made the emotional announcement by releasing a statement and it was revealed he will take a leave of absence to get treatment.

“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer,” Mortensen said in a statement Friday. “My focus shifted significantly to gathering information about the specifics of this cancer. The initial diagnosis was confirmed Friday and there is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future.

“Consequently, with the support and encouragement from ESPN president John Skipper and many others at ESPN, I am temporarily stepping away from my normal NFL coverage duties to better engage this opportunity to fight the good fight that is projected to affect almost 1.7 million Americans with new cases in 2016.

“I have many inspirational examples of men, women and children who have faced this very fight. We all know somebody, right? I also have the love and prayers of my wife Micki, my family, my friends, colleagues and, most of all, my faith that serve as sources of tremendous strength. I have a peace about this and look forward to the battle.”

This is certainly tough news for everyone involved with ESPN and Mortensen to handle. Campus Sports would like to wish Mortensen the best as he tries to fight this ugly disease.

Get well soon, Mort.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to ESPN

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