This 2016 Jimmy V Perseverance Award honoree, Craig Sager, spoke at the The ESPYS in July. (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
The 2016 Jimmy V Perseverance Award honoree, Craig Sager, spoke at the The ESPYS in July.
(Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)

Longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager has died at the age of 65, the network confirmed in a statement today.

The legendary sideline reporter had battled acute myeloid leukemia since he was first diagnosed in 2014 and was admitted into the hospital in late November 2016.

Through a partnership between Turner Sports and ESPN, Sager worked his very first NBA Finals game in June. He joined sideline reporting with ESPN’s Doris Burke for Game 6 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on ABC.

In July, ESPN presented Sager with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYS.

“Our thoughts are with the Sager family and our friends at Turner Sports,” said John Skipper, ESPN President. “Craig was a universally respected and beloved reporter and a one-of-a-kind personality. His memorable ESPYS speech demonstrated his exceptional strength and a relentlessly positive energy that inspired millions of us.”

ESPN2 will air a 30-minute tribute to Sager today beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

ESPN remembers Craig Sager.

Craig Sager delivered this speech at the 2016 ESPYS.

In June, ESPN’s Mike Breen and Doris Burke welcomed Craig Sager to ABC’s coverage of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Many ESPN commentators remembered Sager on social media. Here is just a sampling:

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