Legendary NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager has died after a battle with cancer. He was 65. Sager was diagnosed with leukemia back in 2014, and he went into remission after a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, the cancer returned in 2015.
At the 2016 ESPY Awards in June, Sager delivered an amazing inspirational speech that said in part:
“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.”
Athletes, celebrities and fans paid tribute and expressed condolences across social media.
After the news of Sager’s death, Turner Sports issued the following 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.”
Sager was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame this week.