ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff dies on birthday
Edward Aschoff Dies On His Christmas Eve Birthday: ESPN College Football Reporter Was 34
Edward Aschoff, a college football reporter for ESPN, died Tuesday on his 34th birthday, according to ESPN.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée Katy.”
ESPN did not say how Aschoff died. Earlier this month, Aschoff tweeted that he had pneumonia, even though he was young and had “a very good immune system.”
“Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as some who never gets sick and has a very good immune system? Asking for two friends … my lungs,” he tweeted.
Anyone ever had multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in their early 30s as some who never gets sick and has a very good immune system? Asking for two friends … my lungs.
— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) December 5, 2019
Aschoff started working for ESPN.com as a reporter based in Atlanta. He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 to begin a more expanded national role that included television coverage.
Over the past three seasons, Aschoff reported from campuses across the country for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, and worked as a television and radio sideline reporter during college football games, a release from ESPN said.
“Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” ESPN Executive Editor Lauren Reynolds said. “For as good of a reporter Ed was, he was an even better person. He always put people first — those whose stories he told, and those who had the honor of working alongside him.
Aschoff and his fiancée were to be married in New Orleans in April, ESPN said.
ESPN didn’t give any details about his death.
His coworkers did tweet out details about his life as they mourned his loss.
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
“I will not be able to stop crying for a while,” tweeted ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. “The world lost a light, and we all lost a friend, but more than that, his financee lost her soulmate and I pray for her and his family and everyone who loved him to find the strength to move forward. I already miss you so much, Ed.”
His final one came two days later, Dec. 4, in which Aschoff spoke of his struggle with pneumonia while praising his fiancée for helping him through it. The two were to be married in April.
“Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst,” he wrote. “But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself.”
ESPN senior writer Adam Rittenberg said he would remember Aschoff as happy and vibrant.
This is how I’ll remember Ed: Happy, vibrant, fun. We should all strive to enjoy life as much as he did. pic.twitter.com/IX5rBtXgHi
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 25, 2019
“Edward Aschoff was one of my closest friends,” ESPN reporter Kyle Bonagura said. “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.”
Before joining ESPN, Aschoff covered Gators football and recruting for The Gainesville Sun in Florida.
Aschoff and his fiancee, Katy, were scheduled to be married in April 2020 in New Orleans.
Aschoff been with ESPN since 2011. He as first based in Atlanta and moved to Los Angeles in 2017 when his role was expanded to include national TV coverage.
In 2016, Aschoff and fellow ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg won first place in the Football Writers Association of America writing contest for their report on the role race plays in college football.
ESPN SVP Rob King, who called Aschoff “a ray of light,” led the tributes to the network’s young star on Twitter from his colleagues.
Our friend Ed Aschoff, lovingly remembered by so many on this heartbreaking day, was a ray of light. He smiled with his entire being, loved his fiancée and family, and brought joy to the job. I hope you knew him, too.
— Rob King (@ESPN_RobKing) December 25, 2019