Edward Aschoff, ESPN college football reporter, dies on 34th birthday originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Edward Aschoff, an ESPN college football reporter, died Tuesday on his 34th birthday, according to the sports network.
ESPN said he died "after a brief illness," but did not offer more details.
Earlier this month, he posted about battling pneumonia on Twitter.
Heartfelt tributes from Aschoff's colleagues and friends poured in following the news of his death.
Edward Aschoff was one of my closest friends. He was was one the most genuine, enthusiastic, personable people I’ve ever and he made the world a better place.
Today is unspeakably sad and I’m devastated for Katy and his family.— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) December 25, 2019
Edward Aschoff was my other little brother and I don’t have the words to fill the hole in my heart tonight. pic.twitter.com/VESoFgGVCf— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) December 25, 2019
The thing you all should know about Ed is that everything you’ve heard about Ed Aschoff is true. He was that great and amazing. I talked to him a lot last week. And I’ll tell you all this: he was fighting. He kept fighting.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) December 25, 2019
Destroyed to learn of Ed Aschoff’s passing. I loved his joyful spirit, his stubborn opinions and his affection for VERY random teams.
Will never forget him wearing a Gordon Bombay sweater to a Preds-Ducks game in 2017.
This is awful. The world was a better place with Ed in it. pic.twitter.com/U2oZZFFnv5— Travis Haney (@travhaney) December 25, 2019
Chris Low, a senior writer for ESPN, said that "lots of tears" went into writing Aschoff's obituary for the website.
"There are those people in our lives who touch our hearts, but [Aschoff] left an indelible mark on our hearts that we will cherish," Low wrote on Twitter.
Andrea Adelson, a reporter for ESPN who co-authored the obituary with Low, wrote that the two had volunteered to write the piece.
"At first I had no idea how to even put into words what I wanted to say. How do you tell the world what Ed meant to you, why everyone loved him so much?," she wrote on Twitter.
"But then I looked at his smile, and I got to work. I had to. For Edward," Adelson wrote.
ESPN issued a statement announcing his death on Tuesday.
"We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff," ESPN said. "He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée, Katy."
Aschoff had been with the company since 2011 as part of the SEC blog network. In 2017, he moved to Los Angeles for a more expanded national role that included television coverage. Aschoff had previously covered recruiting and Florida football for The Gainesville Sun.
An alum of the University of Florida, the school called him "one of our brightest lights. He will forever be in our hearts."
ESPN and ABC News are both owned by the Walt Disney Company.