ESPN college football reporter Ed Aschoff died Tuesday after battling pneumonia. He was 34.
The cable network confirmed Aschoff’s death in a statement, noting that today was his 34th birthday.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” the statement said. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée Katy.”
Aschoff recently shared on Instagram that he was sick.
“Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst,” he wrote in a Dec. 4. post, adding that his fiancée was helping to take care of him as he suffered through “5 am coughing fits.”
Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as part of its SEC blog network after covering recruiting and Florida football for The Gainesville Sun, ESPN wrote in an online obituary.
In a tweet posted Tuesday night, the sports network’s Senior Vice President Rob King described Aschoff as “a ray of light.”
“Our friend Ed Aschoff, lovingly remembered by so many on this heartbreaking day, was a ray of light,” King wrote. “He smiled with his entire being, loved his fiancée and family, and brought joy to the job. I hope you knew him, too.”
Aschoff’s Instagram bio said he lived in Los Angeles and was originally from Oxford, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Florida.