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Beloved and highly respected sports broadcaster Craig Sager has lost his battle to leukemia at 65.
Sager started his career back in 1972, reporting for the world cup, the Olympics, and the NBA.
He spent 26 years with TNT and Turner Sports’ TV coverage of the National Basketball Association. He was recently inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
His work was not the only thing that made him so memorable. He was known to wear amazing suit’s full of color for every occasion.
While he underwent blood transfusions, chemotherapy treatments, and bone marrow transplants, he still put his whole life into his job and never let his condition take the best of him.
Craig said, “The typical prognosis is 3-6 months to live, but I would like to stress that is for a patient who is not receiving treatment. Fortunately, I am receiving the best treatment in the world and I remain fully confident I will win this battle.”
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner [of Turner Network Television] family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us,” said 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.”
Many in the sports industry and the hip-hop world took to twitter to show their condolences and share memories.
Here at the Liftoff, we are sending our condolences to his family and all who knew him.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) December 16, 2016
“Time is simply how you live your life.” – Craig Sager. So grateful for the time you shared with all of us. RIP my friend #sagerstrong
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 15, 2016
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 15, 2016
RIP Craig Sager #Legend
— Waka Flocka (@WakaFlocka) December 15, 2016