ESPN stalwart John Saunders was found unresponsive and not breathing by his wife on Wednesday. However, the actual cause of his death still remains unknown.
After finding him unresponsive, his wife immediately called the 911. It was 4 am EST when the paramedics arrived at the couple’ New York. But, they failed to revive John Saunders and was declared dead.
The question is if there is foul play involved.
According to the detective who visited the house later, there was no foul play behind Saunders’ death and thus the medical dismissed the case as eligible for a further probe, the BET reported.
Though the specific reason that led to his death is still unknown, a statement by his family said he was not feeling well for a few days before he died.
“This tragic news brings us unspeakable sorrow. John was the patriarch of our family, and we can’t believe he is gone,” the statement said as quoted by the Hollywood Take. “We are sincerely touched by the outpouring of support and sadness, which is a reflection of the character and integrity that defined him.”
The statement added, “While we don’t yet have all the specifics, John wasn’t feeling well physically in recent days and sadly, he was unresponsive earlier this morning. We appreciate all of the thoughts and prayers for our cherished father, husband, brother and uncle.”
Few wondered if depression could be the reason behind his death, since his upcoming memoir focuses on the depression that he was dealing with. However, it still a guess and there is no evidence to it.
“The phenomenal public outpouring of grief and love for him speaks for itself,” Bob Ryan said while paying tribute to Saunders on Sunday’s episode of ‘The Sports Reporters,’ as quoted by the Undefeated. “Yes, he was a very good guy. We will miss our friend, most of all. ESPN has lost a first-ballot Hall of Fame TV talent.”