A familiar face on NBA sidelines has died after a long battle with cancer.
According to ESPN, sports broadcaster Craig Sager died at the age of 65 after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014.
“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,” Turner president David Levy said in a statement. “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.”
Sager was easily spotted on the sidelines with his unusual suits, which weren’t always a favorite of fans and players.
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Sager’s career spanned more than 40 years, and he was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at this year’s ESPY awards.
“Whatever I might’ve imagined a terminal diagnosis would do to my spirit,” Sager said when receiving the award, “it’s summoned quite the opposite — the greatest appreciation for life itself. So I will never give up. And I will never give in. I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life, as life sucks the marrow out of me. I will live my life full of love and full of fun. It’s the only way I know how.”
In March, he told HBO’s “Real Sports” that he had been given three to six months to live.