Sports Reporter Craig Sager Dies After Long Battle With Cancer
Sports reporter Craig Sager has died at age 65 following a long battle with cancer.
Turner Sports President David Levy announced Sager's passing Thursday afternoon in a statement:
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. 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.
The longtime "NBA on TNT" sideline reporter was a beloved figure in the sports world, well known for the colorful suits he wore to games.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 15, 2016
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 15, 2016
He was diagnosed with leukemia in April 2014. Sager announced in March that the disease was no longer in remission and that doctors gave him a prognosis of 3-6 months to live.
The "NBA on TNT" is set to air tonight with a doubleheader at 8pm ET.
Here are just some of the reactions:
RIP Craig Sager.. You will be remembered forever..
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) December 15, 2016
So sorry to hear the news on Craig Sager. Just a wonderful guy gone from us entirely too soon. We'll all miss you buddy. #R.I.P.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 15, 2016
Rest in peace Craig Sager!:(
— Kristaps Porzingis (@kporzee) December 15, 2016
R.I.P Craig Sager !! You will always be with us You brought fans closer to the game in a fun way..humanizing coaches, fashion, wit, LEGEND!
— Baron Davis (@BaronDavis) December 15, 2016
Craig Sager was one of a kind. He will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/ULeZ7vG77m
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 15, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Craig Sager pic.twitter.com/vvayZfy7Re
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2016
"There will never be another Craig Sager." https://t.co/DOIas0wha9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 15, 2016
An inspiring lesson in hope and never giving up. Your strength was incredible.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager. Good reporter. Even better man.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 15, 2016
The Hustle: Craig Sager, 22, working for $95 a week for a radio station, was the closest to Hank Aaron after he hit #715. pic.twitter.com/gy0OwjuBYt
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 15, 2016
— John Cena (@JohnCena) December 15, 2016
the sports world lost a legend today. rest in peace Mr. Craig Sager
— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) December 15, 2016