John Saunders Death: Cause Of Death Is Depression And Mental Illness?
ESPN personality and host John Saunders was found unresponsive on Wednesday morning at his New York home. Emergency responders were unable to resuscitate him. Saunders passed away at age 61.Advertisement
John Saunders Dead From Apparent Suicide?
According to Saunders’ family, Saunders was found unresponsive after saying he hasn’t been feeling well “physically” for the past few days. Saunders’ wife was the one who found his body and called 911.
According to Hastings-on-Hudson Police Chief Anthony Visalli, emergency responders rushed to Saunders’ home at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday but were unable to bring Saunders back. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following his death, Saunders’ family released a statement saying, “This tragic news brings us unspeakable sorrow. John was the patriarch of our family, and we can’t believe he is gone.”
Meanwhile, ESPN President John Skipper also said, “He (Saunders) was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”
Saunders joined ESPN back in 1986 and quickly became one of the network’s most recognized faces. He offered play-by-play commentary for a host of sports. He also hosted several editions of “College Football Live” while also serving as a host of “The Sports Reporters” since 2001. Saunders was also present during Sunday night editions of “SportsCenter” throughout the football season.
Aside from being involved with a host of shows on ESPN, Saunders happened to be a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, where he had served on the board of directors. Following his unexpected death, The V Foundation CEO Susan Braun issued a statement saying, “John was always there with and for us. We send condolences to his family and we join them in grieving this difficult loss.”
According to a report from TMZ, a detective was sent to Saunders’ home following his death. Nothing suspicious was found. There were also no signs of foul play. The medical examiner had also rejected Saunders’ case.
Saunders leaves behind his wife Wanda and his two daughters, Aleah and Jenna.