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ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff Dies of Pneumonia on 34th Birthday

By | Rachel Brooks

Contributor | Telegraph Local 

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Pictured above. Screencapture of Aschoff on the State. 

Edward Aschoff died on his birthday, December 24, 2019. He was known in life as a reporter for ESPN. He was 34. Citing the Washington Post, Aschoff’s illness was brief. 


Aschoff was known for his “deep and compassionate” reporting. He exhibited a sharp sense of style that added to the professionalism of his work. His work was the heart and soul of his world. Aschoff was a journalist for people_the only proper kind of journalist there is. 

Illness came softly.  It was the Ohio State game that ended in a 56-27 victory over bitter rival Michigan. It was on November 30. This is where he contracted pneumonia, citing Aschoff’s Instagram. In the message, he described himself as someone who “never got sick” and had “a very good immune system.” 

Aschoff’s loss is considered a tremendous blow to ESPN. The network has sought able replacements for its retiring network veterans. Aschoff had the skills and delivery worthy of them. 

Quoting ESPN Executive Laura Reynolds,

“Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Watching him grow from our co-SEC reporter with Chris Low to a multiplatform national reporter was a treat.”

Ms. Reynolds went on to say,

“For as good of a reporter as 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.” 

The New York Times reported that Aschoff’s illness was a virus that turned into multifocal pneumonia. The New York Times also reported that ESPN did not confirm the nature of Aschoff’s illness. 

“Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee Katy,” ESPN stated. 

A long time ago, before Aschoff was known as an ESPN network reporter, he worked for The Gainesville Sun. This was the paper he contributed to throughout his college career. Aschoff was then going to school at the University of Florida. To become a journalist. He was inspired by the late SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott. 

Before his illness ran its course, Mr. Aschoff reported one last feature story. The story of Clyde Edwards-Helaire from the LSU team. It was a retrospective piece that focused on how Mr. Edwards-Helaire benefits from his extended family. It published on December 6, 2019, which was after the multifocal illness was detected. 


Meaning that, Mr. Aschoff was so dedicated to his craft, he continued it even under the influence of what would become a fatal illness.  That last story, of family and rising to success, was worthy of the dying man. He didn’t know it then. The poignant story of the homelife struggles of Edwards-Helaire as he played this game for his family reflected Aschoff’s own life. They were both winners in the game of life. They eclipsed where  Edwards-Helaire’s life begins to pick up speed, and where Aschoff’s life ends. 

So it was that Ed Aschoff, a guy from Oxford, Mississippi who played hockey and performed in marching bands, a man greatly beloved by family and friends, has passed away. A moment was all_there is no more time. Yet, that moment in the spotlight will leave its afterglow on sports journalism and all who loved him forever. 

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