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Ed Aschoff ESPN

It has been confirmed that enterprising young reporter Edward Aschoff, an employee for ESPN who covered college football for the popular sports-related company, has died at the age of 34. The news came on Tuesday of this week, on what was Aschoff’s 34th birthday.

ESPN confirmed the news over the holiday, noting that Edward Aschoff died on his 34th birthday, also sending out the company’s condolences with the official announcement.

We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff. He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée, Katy.

ESPN Senior Vice President Rob King has been one of the many people to speak out about how nice it was to work with the reporter before his death, noting,

Our friend Ed Aschoff, lovingly remembered by so many on this heartbreaking day, was a ray of light. He smiled with his entire being, loved his fiancée and family, and brought joy to the job. I hope you knew him, too.

Other friends and family have also shared stories and sent their condolences.

Edward Aschoff ‘s cause of death has not been officially released. However, he was an avid social media user. A few weeks ago, he had disclosed that he was dealing with a rough case of pneumonia and also thanked his partner for taking care of him during his illness via Instagram. He tweeted for a few days following this initial comment, however, his social media use tapered off around December 9.

An ESPN report detailing Aschoff’s employment mentioned the young newsman was always easy to spot on game days. ESPN referred to Edward Aschoff as “the most dapperly dressed person there,” also noting his SEC blogs were “must-reads” and full of good humor about himself, his love of soccer and even his cat Meeko.

The reporter originally had been based with the company out of Atlanta, but took on an expanded role in 2017, when he moved to Los Angeles for his ESPN job. His work could be found across ESPN mediums, including ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio. His final feature was a report about LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Hulaire and his extended family.

It’s always a little startling to hear about a young talent like this whose life has been snuffed out too soon. It’s unfathomable what those close to Edward Aschoff must be going through right now, and the best we can do is send our condolences to his family and friends, which isn’t enough. It will never be enough, but our hearts go out to them anyway.

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