The sports world lost a pivotal figure on Dec. 16. ESPN reports that famed reporter, Craig Sager, passed away from a battle with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 65.
The beloved Sager — who was known for his vivid suit jackets — was open about his battle with cancer, sharing a touching speech at the ESPY Awards this year on his resilience. Turner Sports, the company that served as a longtime home for Sager’s professional career, issued a statement on his passing.
“There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports,” it reads. “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.”
Those who were impacted by Sager’s presence shared their condolences on Twitter, including the NBA organization, per commissioner Adam Silver. “A true original and an essential voice on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage for 26 seasons, Craig chronicled some of the most memorable moments in league history and was a ubiquitous presence with his splashy suits and equally colorful personality.” Sager was also recently inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.