John Saunders, a well-known sports journalist, had an illustrious media career in journalism. However, the sports beat suffered a huge loss with his death in August 2016. His sudden death left back a lot of mystery around his life.
John Saunders has been one of the longest standing reporters for ESPN. His versatile reporting and friendly nature are few of his admirable qualities. ESPN President John Skipper calls him an “extraordinary talent” who gains a lot of love and appreciation by sports fans.
John Saunders death: Reason unknown?
Saunders was found unresponsive by his wife in his home at 4AM on August 10, 2016. She reached out for help by dialing 911 but he had been declared dead soon after. Initially, no reason came to fore regarding his death. As TMZ broke the news, they stated that no foul play was suspected by the police in the death.
Saunders’ family consists of his wife, Wanda, and daughters, Aleah and Jenna. As soon as reports of his death started showing in the media, condolences poured in for the reporter’s family. Adam Schefter took to Twitter to express his shock, “Sickened and saddened to hear of loss of our colleague and friend, John Saunders. What a nice man. What a great man.”
John Saunders book on depression out in 2017!
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It is saddening to know that Saunders won’t be around when his own book on struggling and overcoming depression will be released in 2017. The book titled Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair is written by John U. Bacon. The duo worked on the book for five years and it is due for release on April 11, 2017.
John Saunders and I finished his life story this spring, after five years of working on it. He was an amazing man, and truly, to me, a hero.
— John U. Bacon (@Johnubacon) August 10, 2016
The publisher of the book released a synopsis which read, “His story unfolds as so many of our lives do—among family, friends, and colleagues—but it also peers into places we don’t often discuss openly—psych wards and hospitals. Here is the honest story of a public figure facing his own mental illness head on, and emerging far better off for his effort.”
— Dan Corey (@DanCorey5) May 30, 2016