Longtime NBA broadcaster Craig Sager dies at 65 after battle with cancer

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TNT sports reporter Craig Sager walks on the court following game one of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Thunder defeated the Warriors 108-102. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Craig Sager, the longtime Turner Sports sideline reporter best known for his colorful — and at times fluorescent — wardrobe, has passed away after battling acute myeloid leukemia, the network said. He was 65.

Turner President David Levy issued the following statement regarding the passing of Sager:

“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us. There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.

“While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”

Sager died just days after he was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Stacy, and five children: Kacy, Craig Jr., Krista, Riley and Ryan.

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