Today is a sad day for the sports community as legendary broadcaster John Saunders passed away at the age of 61. The cause of death is yet to be announced.

Saunders is widely known for his work hosting ‘The Sports Reporters’ on ESPN for the last fifteen years. He was also heavily involved in covering the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals and Toronto Raptors basketball.

Saunders was a keen advocate for junior diabetes research and a founding member of the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver released a statement in the wake of the news, as per Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Saunders. As the studio host of “NBA Shootaround,” a play-by-play announcer for nationally televised NBA and WNBA games, and one of the Toronto Raptors’ first television voices, John was a vital member of the NBA family for more than two decades and a friendly and familiar face to our players and fans.

“His achievements in journalism are matched only by his commitment to his community, particularly his service as a founding member of the V Foundation. We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Wanda, his two daughters, Aleah and Jenna, and the entire Saunders family during this difficult time.”

Due to his affiliation with the organization, the Raptors paid tribute to Saunders online.

Via Turner Sports PR, NBA legend Charles Barkley also expressed his sadness and the gratitude that he felt toward Saunders.

Another great of the game, Magic Johnson also paid tribute to the broadcaster, with multiple touching tweets.

It seems as though Saunders touched a lot of lives within the basketball community, as many NBA personalities, past and present, paid tribute online.

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Big time NBA fan Lil Wayne also took to his Twitter page to send his condolences.


He will definitely be missed.