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WATCH: TNT’s Video Tribute to Craig Sager

Craig Sager 2016 ESPY Awards

Sager was joined on stage by friends and colleagues at the ESPY Awards in July (Getty)

Thursday afternoon it was announced that famed sports broadcaster Craig Sager passed away at the age of 65 following a lengthy bout with acute myeloid leukemia. Shortly after making the news public, Turner Sports released a tribute video to Sager which runs just over four minutes long.

Sager began working for Turner Sports more than three decades ago, primarily as a sideline reporter for NBA games but taking on a host of other projects as well. With Turner Sports joining CBS to cover the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2011, Sager was also part of the network’s coverage of college basketball’s biggest event.

“Craig Sager was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than three decades and he has been a true inspiration to all of us,” Turner Sports president David Levy said in a statement following Sager’s passing. “There will never be another Craig Sager. His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports.

“While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his battle with cancer that will be his lasting impact,” Levy continued. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig’s wife, Stacy, and the entire Sager family during this difficult time. We will forever be Sager Strong.”

Social Media Reactions to Craig Sager’s Death

Many within the NBA family as well as the worlds of sports and entertainment in general expressed their sympathies.

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