(CelebrityAccess) — Craig Sager, a longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter, known for his aggressively loud suits and ties, has died. He was 65.
"Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports," Turner President David Levy said in a statement.
"While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it's the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig's wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong."
Sager died on Thursday after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Sager started his career as a reporter for WXLT. In 1981, he joined CNN, where he co-anchored the network's CNN Sports Tonight shows.
While at Turner, Sager primarily worked the sideline at NBA games, providing colorful on-court interviews with players and updates from games.
He was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame earlier this month.
He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and five children: Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan. – Staff Writers