The world of sports lost a titan today. NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager passed away after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia; he was 65 years old.
As one would expect, there has been an outpouring of condolences. Sager, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, missed the playoffs that year while he was in recovery. After receiving a bone marrow transplant from his son, his cancer initially went into remission, only to resurface later on.
In response to Sager’s passing, TNT put together a touching piece to commemorate his life; a birds-eye view of who he was and why he will be so sorely missed.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 15, 2016
The two-year struggled played out over live television, with his colleagues in the sports world often wishing him the best while live on the air. Sager was open and candid about his illness and beat the original prognosis of which only gave him three to six months to live.
The outpouring for Sager will continue, and rightfully so. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed by players, coaches and television viewers alike.