Longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter Craig Sager has died of leukemia at 65
Sager was known for his passion for basketball and his over-the-top wardrobe
(CNN)The suits and ties were so loud, at times they were screaming. But Craig Sager wore them so well.
Sager, the longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter best known for his colorful — and at times fluorescent — wardrobe, has passed away after battling acute myeloid leukemia. He was 65.
Sager died Thursday, just days after he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and five children: Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan.
“Time is simply how you live your life” lifetime and then some into these 28 years together. Pay it forward time! #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/aEiDb2n0Ki— Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) December 15, 2016
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. 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,” Turner President David Levy said in a statement.
“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. 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.”
Sports, media worlds pay tribute to Craig Sager
Sports world mourns
Social media was flooded Thursday afternoon with tributes to Sager, many of them from athletes he had interviewed.
“Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man,” said former NBA great Scottie Pippen on Twitter.
Craig Sager brought so much enthusiasm to the NBA game. But his fight to the end is what really impressed me. RIP to an inspiring man.— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) December 15, 2016
“Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise,” said former NBA MVP Kevin Durant.
Long Live Craig. We love you! Rest in Paradise— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) December 15, 2016
“Words can’t explain how honored, humbled, and excited I was to be interviewed by a legend like you at this moment,” said reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns on Instagram. “The sports world will never be the same without you.”