ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff dies at age 34

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Edward Aschoff was 34. More

In 2016, he and fellow ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg won a Football Writers Association of America contest for an enterprise story about racial tension in college football, the sports network noted in its obituary. Earlier this month, Aschoff tweeted that he had pneumonia, even though he was young and had "a very good immune system".

It's unclear whether Aschoff worked after that game.

An ESPN article described Aschoff as having "a keen sense of humor", and said that he "connected with many he crossed paths with, be it professionally or personally".

"Having pneumonia is pretty awful". Like the absolute worst.

"We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff", ESPN said. "But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she's risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself". Aschoff had asked for advice from anyone who had suffered from "multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia" on December 5, just days after covering Michigan-Ohio State on November 30 in Ann Arbor. "He smiled with his entire being, loved his fiancée and family, and brought joy to the job. But, hey, I'm a hockey player". In 2017, he moved to Los Angeles for a more expanded national role that included television coverage. "Just isn't fair. I love you, Ed, and will miss you".

Aschoff grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, graduated from the University of Florida and wrote for the Gainesville Sun before joining ESPN.

Aschoff was called "one of the smartest, brightest reporters I've ever had the pleasure of working with", by Lauren Reynolds, ESPN's executive editor. "He always put people first - those whose stories he told, and those who had the honor of working alongside him".

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