Stars React: John Saunders Death – See Celebrity Reaction And Tributes After ESPN Host Dies

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John Saunders Death

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John Saunders died on Wednesday, and now stars are paying tribute to the longtime ESPN host. See celebrity reaction tweets below.

Saunders’ death was announced by the network, where many of his colleagues are now mourning his passing. A cause of death for the sports journalist has not been announced. The Twitter account for “SportsCenter” tweeted, “We are heartbroken to report longtime ESPN personality John Saunders has died. He was 61.”

Gabrielle Union, a huge sports fan who is married to NBA player Dwyane Wade, was among the first celebs to comment on the unexpected loss, tweeting, “Such a sweet man!! #RipJohnSaunders.” Chris Harrison said, “Stunned by the passing of ESPN host John Saunders. He was a great talent. Prayers to his family and friends.” Alyssa Milano offered, “Rest in peace, John Saunders.” And Lil Wayne simply posted, “RIP John Saunders.”

“Just heard the news that my friend and former colleague at ESPN, John Saunders has passed away,” Magic Johnson wrote in the first of a series of tweets, “Every Sunday before I went to church I would watch John Saunders host one of my favorite shows, ESPN’s The Sports Reporters. My prayers are with John Saunders’ family, friends and colleagues. He will be missed. Rest In Peace John Saunders.”

Jalen Rose commented, “RIP John Saunders. Thanks for being a mentor and class act. I will miss you dearly.” Keith Olbermann shared, “John Saunders: big talent, big laugh, big heart. We had a running joke about once being mistaken for each other. ‘But you’re not Canadian!'” And Stephen A. Smith tweeted, “I’m going to miss my brother John Saunders. #RIP.”

“Devastating doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling right now,” Smith continued. “John Saunders was a wonderful man, ultra pro & father figure. #RIP.” Michelle Beadle expressed, “The times I got to be around John Saunders were special. Just different. Classy. Funny. I truly was a fan.” Josh Elliott remarked, “RIP John Saunders, a relentless broadcaster and as kind and wonderful a mentor and friend as one could’ve wanted. Absolutely gutted….”

Robin Roberts admitted, “Hard to write this,” before noting, “a very dear friend & @espn colleague #JohnSaunders has died. He was an amazing man in many ways. Thinking of his family.” Erin Andrews revealed, “John was one of the first in the biz to tell me forget abt the naysayers and remember why you are where you are..bc you love the game..” And, as part of a longer statement, Mitch Albom said, “The world lost a great gentleman of broadcasting today, my friend, John Saunders.”

Dick Vitale also posted on Twitter a number of personal photos with Saunders, saying, “Wow I am devastated with the news about my buddy John Saunders / A gr8 family man / just a fab guy RIP Love You.”

Saunders is survived by his wife and two daughters. Gossip Cop’s thoughts go out to his family, colleagues, and fans.

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