It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I report beloved NBA broadcaster Craig Sager passed away on Thursday (Dec 15). He was 65.

Via USA Today:

Sager, 65, battled a rare form of cancer for more than two years, undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy and other treatments. He worked 26 seasons as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports’ NBA broadcasts on TNT, making a name for himself with his colorful suits and oft-stilted interviews with longtime San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovichduring TNT’s NBA broadcasts.

“Even though he does what he does design- and fashion-wise, it’s part of the shtick,” Popovich told HBO’s Real Sports. “But his questions are always sensible. They’re answerable and he does it with fun. He does it with humor. I react to that very positively, so we have a good time together.”

I extend my prayers and condolences to the Sager family during this difficult time.

Rest well, Mr. Sager.