Longtime NBA reporter Craig Sager, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014, has passed away, according to an announcement from Turner Sports (Twitter link via Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post).
“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,” Turner president David Levy said in a statement. “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 underwent extensive treatment after his initial diagnosis, putting the cancer into remission. However, he later announced that he was no longer in remission and continued to battle an aggressive form of leukemia. After undergoing multiple bone marrow transplants, Sager passed away at age 65.
Hoops Rumors sends its best wishes and condolences to Sager’s family and friends.