Legendary NBA broadcaster Craig Sager passed away from leukemia on Thursday (December 15), just days after being inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall Of Fame. The 65-year-old was diagnosed with the disease two years ago.
Sager began his ascent into broadcasting history in 1972 and was easily recognizable on the sidelines due in part to his crazy, off-color wardrobe, which usually involved some kind of loud suit.
“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,” 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.”
“While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact,” Levy said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”
Several members of the Hip Hop community took to social media to express their condolences, including Chuck D, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Waka Flocka, Ebro of The Breakfast Club, Maybach Music Group rapper Rockie Fresh, and Just Blaze.