ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff passes away on Christmas Eve after battling pneumonia.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee Katy.”
Recently, Aschoff announced on social media that an illness he had contracted while covering the Ohio State-Michigan football game 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,” he said.
Aschoff was based in Los Angeles the past three years while covering college football for ESPN on multiple platforms. He had been with the company since in 2011, starting as a reporter out of Atlanta focusing on the Southeastern Conference.
Tributes began pouring in late Tuesday night from the sports broadcasting community.
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Devastated to hear my friend @AschoffESPN has passed away after a battle with pneumonia.
Ed was a big reason I decided to pursue journalism. He took me under his wing at the Sun and I’m forever grateful.
Incredible reporter and an even better person. You will be missed! pic.twitter.com/OIVvAYM5Kl
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) December 25, 2019