The sports world has lost a legend. On Thursday afternoon, news surfaced that legendary NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Turner Sports president David Levy issued a statement on Sager’s passing.
“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. There will never be another Craig Sager,” Levy said. “His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.
“While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
Earlier this week, Sager was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
We will always remember Sager for not only those colorful suits, but the pure joy that he brought to the game day in and day out. He was a true inspiration to everyone as he fought his battle to the very end.
Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Sager family during this incredibly difficult time.
May the legend of Craig Sager live on forever.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) December 15, 2016