ESPN mourns death of Ed Aschoff

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff had his 34th birthday on Christmas Eve. It was also the day he passed away.

Aschoff reportedly got pneumonia after covering the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines game. He called it a “Bucket List” item, according to USA Today.

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“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 fiancée Katy.”

He first acknowledged that he had pneumonia on Dec. 5th on Twitter.

“Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as some [one], who never gets sick and has a very good immune system?,” Aschoff asked his followers. “Asking for two friends… my lungs.”

In that same post, he acknowledged that he had a virus for two weeks. He said he had a fever and cough.

“Doctors think it turned into this multifocal pneumonia recently,” he said in the social media thread. “I’m on Day 4 of antibiotics. Days are getting better but nights are basically fever and coughing and sweating. How long were you out for?

Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as their SEC reporter. He then began an increased role in 2017.

“Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” ESPN executive editor Lauren Reynolds said. “Watching him grow from our co-SEC reporter with Chris Low to a multi-platform 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.”

Before joining ESPN, he covered the Florida Gators, his alma mater, for The Gainesville Sun.

According to USA Today, he was planning on getting married in April 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana to his fiancee.

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