The sports world is mourning the loss of ESPN’s John Saunders today, the legendary anchor, Sports Reporters host and co-founder of the Jimmy V Foundation has passed away at the age of 61.
Every sports fan will remember his iconic voice whether he was delivering the nightly highlights package or tackling the most important issues in sports. This is truly a sad day for those who watched him on tv, those who worked with him at ESPN, and those who knew him and considered him a great friend.
ESPN’s president, John Skipper, released a statement regarding the sudden and tragic loss of Saunders earlier this morning. It reads as follows:
“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.”
Saunders s survived by his wife, Wanda, and their two daughters, Aleah and Jenna.The company has just recently released this video tribute in his honor which you can check out below.