LOS ANGELES (NBC News) — ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff, who covered the Southeastern Conference (SEC) college sports for the network, died Tuesday after a battle of pneumonia. He was 34.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee Katy.”
Aschoff had recently announced on social media that an illness he had contracted while covering the Ohio State-Michigan football game had progressed into multifocal pneumonia.
“I’m on day 4 of antibiotics. Days are getting better but nights are basically fever and coughing and sweating,” he said.
“Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as some who never gets sick and has a very good immune system? Asking for two friends … my lungs,” he wrote in a Dec. 5 tweet.
A graduate of the University of Florida, Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011.
Tributes began pouring in late Tuesday night from the sports broadcasting community.
Aschoff was easy to spot in press boxes. Not only was he almost always the most dapperly dressed person there — with a collection of quirky socks that made him the envy of those around him — but his bright smile and radiant disposition always drew a crowd.
His witty picks columns in the SEC blog were must-reads, and he oftentimes poked fun at himself about everything from his cat, Meeko, to his love of soccer. He was an inaugural season-ticket holder for Atlanta United FC and was there to watch the team win its first MLS Cup in 2018.ESPN.com