ESPN’s Edward Aschoff dies on 34th birthday after contracting pneumonia: Tributes pour in on Twitter

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reporting
ESPN’s Edward Aschoff dies after battling pneumonia. Pic credit: @ecaschoff/Instagram

Edward Aschoff, a college football reporter for ESPN, died Tuesday on this 34th birthday, according to a statement posted yesterday on ESPN’s official Twitter page.

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

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura revealed that Aschoff died only months before his wedding to his fiancée, Katy.

Cause of death

ESPN reported that Aschoff died “after a brief illness,” but did not reveal the cause of death. However, Aschoff had shared on Twitter a few weeks before he died that he had pneumonia. He said he contracted the illness despite being young and having a “very good immune system.”

Tributes on Twitter

Aschoff’s friends, co-workers, and sports fans have been paying tribute on Twitter. Former co-workers who paid tribute included ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, Kyle Bonagura, Ryan McGee, and senior writer Adam Rittenberg.

Edward Aschoff bio

Aschoff graduated from the University of Florida in 2008.

After a stint covering Florida football for The Gainesville Sun, he joined ESPN in 2011 and worked as a reporter based in Atlanta. He started as a member of ESPN’s team for its SEC blog network. Aschoff was described as a young man with a radiant disposition and a keen sense of humor.

He moved to Los Angeles in 2017 where he worked as a national sports news reporter. His work also included TV coverage.

He covered college football news for, SportsCenter, SEC Network, and ESPN Radio. He also did sideline reporting.

ESPN Executive Editor Lauren Reynolds described Aschoff as one of the “smartest, brightest reporters” he’d ever worked with.

“For as good of a reporter Ed was, he was an even better person,” Reynolds said. “He always put people first — those whose stories he told, and those who had the honor of working alongside him.”

He was a fan of several sports teams, including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the MLB’s Colorado Rockies, and the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Aschoff and his ESPN colleague, Adam Rittenberg, won first place in the 2016 Football Writers Association’s contest for their work on the influences of race in college football, according to ESPN.

Aschoff died amid plans for a wedding in April to his fiancée, Katy. Katy proposed to Edward in December, according to ESPN.

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