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ESPN anchor John Saunders unexpectedly dies at 61

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It's a sad day in the sports world as longtime ESPN anchor, John Saunders, has unexpectedly passed away at the age of 61.

Details of how he died are unclear, but TMZ is reporting that foul play is not suspected and that he died in New York.

ESPN President John Skipper remembered Saunders in a statement.

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

Saunders started at ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1986 and he quickly evolved into a voice for college sports and the host of The Sports Reporters. He also served as a board member for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

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