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Longtime ESPN Commentator John Saunders Passes Away At 61

John Saunders, a long-time and well-respected ESPN commentator, has passed away at the age of 61. ESPN's Hannah Storm announced the tragic news live on the air.

All over Twitter, tributes to Saunders have been pouring in from ESPN employees and other sports media industry members.

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There have been no further details on Saunders' death released as of now. Saunders, a native Canadian, joined ESPN in 1986 and worked in a myriad of roles with the network. He was also a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research.  ESPN president John Skipper released a statement on Saunders' death moments ago. 

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades," said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. "His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. "He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

Saunders is survived by wife Wanda and daughters Aleah and Jenna. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.