ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff Dies on Birthday & Christmas Eve After Brief Battle with Pneumonia

Rising ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff unexpectedly died on Christmas Eve which also happened to be his 34th birthday.

“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN shared in a statement on Tuesday. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée, Katy.”

Aschoff’s exact cause of death was not released, but the young reporter had been suffering from pneumonia in both lungs since early December. He even took to Twitter to ask his followers for advice on the illness.

Young adults are sometimes at a decrease threat of contracting pneumonia. However, CBS reviews that half of adults with regular immune programs who’re hospitalized with extreme pneumonia are youthful adults.

The CDC states the lung an infection kills about 50,000 Americans yearly.

The 34-year-old leaves behind his fiancée, Katy Berteau. The two turned engaged final yr after Berteau proposed with a Godzilla-shaped ring, Aschoff’s favourite movie character. They have been set to marry in April.

In his final Instagram publish, Aschoff thanked his fiancée for help throughout his sickness.

“Having pneumonia is pretty terrible…But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself,” he wrote on December 4th. “Thanks for putting up with my 5 am coughing fits.”

Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 and rapidly proved to be a terrific addition to the community. He was usually on the sidelines reporting on faculty soccer video games throughout the nation and reported for varied ESPN platforms, together with SportsCenter.

In 2016, he received first place within the Football Writers Association of America’s contest in enterprise reporting for his reporting on race and discrimination in faculty soccer. He shared the dignity with fellow ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg.

Several of Aschoff’s ESPN colleagues paid tribute to him on-air and on social media after studying of his premature passing.

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