ESPN Reporter Dead at 34

Ed Aschoff dies of pneumonia on Christmas Eve, his 34th birthday
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2019 6:11 AM CST
ESPN Reporter Dead at 34
ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff   (ESPN)

Ed Aschoff "smiled with his entire being," told stories as "one of the smartest, brightest reporters" around, and was always the best-dressed guy in any room, his colleagues at ESPN say in a heartbreaking obituary. Aschoff, a college football reporter for the network, died on Christmas Eve, his 34th birthday, of pneumonia he contracted on the job at the Ohio State-Michigan game on Nov. 30. Variety notes that Aschoff had recently said on social media that his illness had progressed into multifocal pneumonia: "I’m on day 4 of antibiotics. Days are getting better but nights are basically fever and coughing and sweating." Aschoff is survived by a fiancee, Katy, who proposed to him last December with a Godzilla ring. They were due to be married in April. Among the tributes:

  • ESPN executive editor Lauren Reynolds: "Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Watching him grow from our co-SEC reporter with Chris Low to a multiplatform national reporter was a treat. For as good of a reporter Ed was, he was an even better person. He always put people first -- those whose stories he told, and those who had the honor of working alongside him."
  • ESPN senior vice president Rob King: Aschoff 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."
(More obituary stories.)

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