Longtime ESPN host John Saunders has died at the age of 61. Colleagues from sports media and admirers from around the world of sports were quick to react to the news Wednesday.
Here are some examples:
The news of John Saunders' death could not be more crushing. We all loved him dearly. We grieve. We will miss him. Can't replace the man.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 10, 2016
Wow I am devastated with the news about my buddy John Saunders / A gr8 family man / just a fab guy RIP Love You pic.twitter.com/CuBIPu57Rz
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) August 10, 2016
One of the giants of sports and a good friend John Saunders died today. I just saw John a month ago so I'm totally shocked and saddened.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 10, 2016
Wow... RIP John Saunders
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) August 10, 2016
— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) August 10, 2016
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of John Saunders pic.twitter.com/jnhY74iprc
— NBA (@NBA) August 10, 2016
The NHL family mourns the passing of John Saunders, a genuine friend of hockey. We send comfort to his loved ones and many friends.
— NHL (@NHL) August 10, 2016
The NFLPA is saddened to hear the loss of ESPN's John Saunders. A great talent and inspiring individual. pic.twitter.com/BMD1QDGrNL
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) August 10, 2016
Devastating doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling right now. John Saunders was a wonderful man, ultra pro & father figure.#RIP
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) August 10, 2016
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) August 10, 2016
RIP John Saunders. Thanks for being a mentor and class act. I will miss you dearly.
— Jalen Rose (@JalenRose) August 10, 2016
RIP to John Saunders. Enjoyed working with a true gentleman and Legend at ESPN.
— Jamal Mashburn (@jamalmashburn) August 10, 2016
I'm shocked, saddened. Can't believe one of the best, John Saunders, has passed away at 61. All time great guy. Heartbroken for his family.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) August 10, 2016
In days to come, sports fan will find out about the incredible impact John Saunders had @ESPN. Beyond his on-air talent, was mentor to many.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) August 10, 2016
Just last night we had a Vault feature including John Saunders. I smiled at the sight of John, Bob & Boom together. This is gutting news.
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) August 10, 2016
Immense sadness over the passing of John Saunders. One of the best men I've known. A colleague, friend and loving father and husband. RIP
— Timothy Legler (@LegsESPN) August 10, 2016
Young students, take this from John Saunders:
1) Be nice to everyone
2) Laugh and have fun (it's sports!)
3) Don't make rage an act. Mean it
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) August 10, 2016
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) August 10, 2016
I just did a panel with John Saunders and @jemelehill last Friday at NABJ. He was amazing as always. My friend. My mentor. My dude. Love u.
— Jay Harris (@JayHarrisESPN) August 10, 2016
John Saunders mentored countless new-hire ESPN anchors, including me. Thankful for his time. Heartsick for his family. Safe home, sir.
— Randy Scott (@RandyScottESPN) August 10, 2016
Devastated. John Saunders was so good to me and so many of us. He was so kind and easy going. We lost a legend. Say a prayer for his family.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) August 10, 2016
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) August 10, 2016
My prayers go out to the family of John Saunders, who just passed away. He was one of the greats.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 10, 2016
Saddened by the news regarding John Saunders passing. John was a gracious man and always such a professional. Heartbreaking. Prayers. 🙏🏼
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 10, 2016
I just heard the saddening news about friend and colleague John Saunders. Was as incredibly nice and gracious as they come. RIP friend.
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) August 10, 2016
John Saunders was a better person than a host, which is saying something. Classy. Professional. I can't even describe his impact on me.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 10, 2016
We've lost a great broadcaster and an even better person. RIP John Saunders.
— Dan Shulman (@DShulman_ESPN) August 10, 2016
The times I got to be around John Saunders were special. Just different. Classy. Funny. I truly was a fan.
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) August 10, 2016
Shocked by the passing of John Saunders. He was a very nice man and a voice of reason in our often unreasonable discourse. #RIPJohnSaunders
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) August 10, 2016
Rest in Peace John Saunders. Thank u for being 1 of the guys that paved the way. Total Class! Praying for the Family!!!
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) August 10, 2016
John Saunders took a genuine interest in others, a vanishing trait in these times. We all benefited from his example.
— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) August 10, 2016
Just an awful, AWFUL day. John Saunders, a legend in the business and a friend to all, has passed away. No words. Truly, no words. #RIP
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 10, 2016
Proud Canadian, Toronto born, Ryerson bred John Saunders. Incredibly generous to me on and off the air. I'll miss him so much
— Adnan Virk, ESPN (@adnanESPN) August 10, 2016
Sunday was just another day of the week until John Saunders came on my TV. Rest in peace, my friend.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 10, 2016
John Saunders was one of the greatest treasures in sports media. He gave so much to so many. Fortunate to have called him a friend & mentor.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) August 10, 2016
The world lost a great gentleman of broadcasting today, my friend, John Saunders. pic.twitter.com/AQp5XdszA4
— Mitch Albom (@MitchAlbom) August 10, 2016
John was one of the first in the biz to tell me forget abt the naysayers and remember why you are where you are..bc you love the game..
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) August 10, 2016
So devastated to just receive the news on a wonderful friend and man. Please keep his family in your thoughts. https://t.co/HskfsdrqMB
— MikeTirico (@miketirico) August 10, 2016
John Saunders: big talent, big laugh, big heart. We had a running joke about once being mistaken for each other. "But you're not Canadian!"
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 10, 2016
I love John Saunders & I'll make the world know why! He personified the qualities we need more of! His hiring ESPN's greatest achievement.
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) August 10, 2016
RIP to Mr. John Saunders. Amazing man and amazing talent who will be missed. 🙏🏾
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) August 10, 2016
💔 Rest in peace, John Saunders. https://t.co/XqgHQifd7o
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 10, 2016
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 10, 2016
RIP John Saunders
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) August 10, 2016
— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) August 10, 2016