12/15/2016 12:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Beloved sportscaster Craig Sager has died after a long battle with a form of leukemia.
Turner Sports announced his passing on Thursday. He was diagnosed back in 2014, but continued working for TNT and TBS, covering NBA and MLB games through this past summer … including a game of the NBA Finals.
He worked for Turner for more than 30 years.
Craig was one of the most popular sports reporters with fans and the superstar athletes he covered — who loved to playfully mock his fashion sense. Craig was famous for his bold and colorful wardrobe choices on the sidelines.
The NBA says its teams will observe a moment of silence for Craig. Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Craig was as vital to the NBA as the players and coaches.”
He’s survived by his wife, Stacy, and 5 children.
His speech at the 2016 ESPYs, where he recieved the Jimmy V Perseverance Award, was one of the most talked about moments of the night.
Craig was 65.