Loved and admired by more than a few, TNT sideline reporter and NBA announcer Craig Sager has died at the age of 65. Famously known for his outlandishly colorful attire, Sager inspired countless sports players and fans from around the world. Sager’s wife Stacy had constantly been by her husband’s side throughout his battle with cancer. However, just days before his recent third bone marrow transplant, she came down with a cold and was advised by doctors to stay home to avoid transferring her cold to Craig.

When former NBA all-star Charles Barkley, who recently had hip surgery, heard the News, he flew to Phoenix against doctor’s orders to be by Craig’s side. Barkley told his physician it was an emergency.

Barkley worked with Sager at TNT for several years and truly admired the man. The Hall of Fame forward stated that Sager was one of the most interesting people he had ever met. He added that you might visit Sager to cheer him up but would end up leaving wondering if there was anything wrong because of his positive attitude.

The measure of a man worthy of tributes

Scores of tributes from various figures in the sports world started circulating immediately after the news of Sager’s death broke. Turner Broadcast President David Levy released a statement, which read in part, that Craig Sager’s grace and determination to live will have a lasting impact.

Down at times, but not out

Diagnosed with leukemia in 2014, Sager went through an exhausting treatment regimen, which included stem cell transplants and chemotherapy.

He returned to television in early 2015 after missing nearly a year. But the illness forced Sager to step away again to undergo more treatments. He resumed his duties again for the NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto only to announce in March that his leukemia was no longer in remission. Craig Sager was honored over the summer at the 2016 ESPY Awards with a Jimmy V Perseverance Award. A lasting impact indeed.

Craig Sager will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Stacy and four children.

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