Edward Aschoff, a college football reporter for ESPN since 2011, died on Tuesday at age 34 after a battle with pneumonia, ESPN reported.
Aschoff was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after covering the Nov. 30 Big Ten game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan, as he wrote in a Dec. 2 Instagram post.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” the network said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee Katy.”
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2008, Aschoff covered Gators football for The Gainesville Sun. He joined ESPN in 2011 as an Atlanta-based SEC reporter for ESPN.com.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 for a more expanded reporting position that included television coverage. Over the past three seasons, Aschoff reported for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio in addition to working as a sideline reporter during college football games for both radio and TV.
Tributes for Aschoff quickly poured in.
We are incredibly sad to learn of Ed’s passing. He was smart, insightful & always prepared, including when he served as one of our guest media officials during a spring game in Athens. Our sympathies & prayers for his family, friends & colleagues. https://t.co/bl8ihNlzpB
— Greg Sankey (@GregSankey) December 25, 2019
This was the morning after the Kick Six. I remember this moment like it was yesterday. Ed Aschoff was one of the best guys on the planet. He will be missed by so many people. RIP. https://t.co/5MYroHcwjD
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 25, 2019
Devastated to hear my friend @AschoffESPN has passed away after a battle with pneumonia.
Ed was a big reason I decided to pursue journalism. He took me under his wing at the Sun and I’m forever grateful.
Incredible reporter and an even better person. You will be missed! pic.twitter.com/OIVvAYM5Kl
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) December 25, 2019
Ed Aschoff is one of the best people I know. Talented, kind, fun, gracious and always positive. A great colleague and an even better friend. All of us are devastated and heartbroken. Just isn’t fair. I love you, Ed, and will miss you. Prayers to Katy and Ed’s family. https://t.co/jJQBE441Fv
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 25, 2019
Devastated about Ed Aschoff’s passing. One of the kindest, warm-hearted people I’ve ever met. And, if you were lucky enough to have gotten to know him, there’s no question you feel that way too.. God, he will be missed.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 25, 2019
This news of Ed Aschoff’s passing is devastating. Ed was such a ray of light at ESPN and to our industry. He lit up every room he walked into with his smile. I pray for his family and his dear fiancé Katy. You will be greatly missed Ed ❤️ https://t.co/qg4kPBCH2e
— LaurenSisler (@LaurenSisler) December 25, 2019
I wasn’t supposed to be writing about @AschoffESPN today. I was supposed to be texting him. Christmas Eve was supposed to be a celebration of his 34th birthday, not a celebration of a life cut short. The column I never wanted to write about my friend. https://t.co/sZeEttGN9a
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 26, 2019