The sports world lost a beloved personality on Wednesday when ESPN announced longtime host John Saunders passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61.
Saunders had been with ESPN for nearly 30 years, along with being a founding board member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and host of The Sports Reporters.
“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.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Saunders’ wife Wanda, his daughters, Aleah and Jenna, and all of his family and friends that he touched during his time on Earth.
Rest in peace, John, you will greatly be missed.
Photo Credit: John Saunders, Twitter