Craig Sager has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a form of leukemia.
Turner Sports released a statement Thursday afternoon saying Sager “was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and has been a true inspiration to all of us.”
NBA TV also announced Sager’s death on Thursday.
Sager was diagnosed in 2014 but continued to work for the network. He was well known for his work as a sideline reporter for “The NBA on TNT.” He was also known his colorful attire.
On July 13, Sager was awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards show for battling cancer.
Turner President David Levy’s full statement:
“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to us all. 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. 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.”
Sager’s emotional speech during the ESPYS was one of the most memorable moments of the night.