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ESPN Reporter Edward Aschoff Died of Pneumonia on His 34th Birthday

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 28, 2019
06:00 A.M.
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On-air reporter for ESPN, Edward Aschoff, 34, passed away on Christmas Eve.

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ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff died on December 24, 2019, after a recent bout with multifocal pneumonia.

The news announced by ESPN on Christmas Eve shocked sports fans and devastated his friends and his fellow journalists.

In a heartbreaking post on his Instagram account, Katy shared Edward's fight against multifocal pneumonia

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EDWARD ASCHOFF DIED ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Even more shocking is the news that Edward passed away on what would have been his 34th birthday.

ESPN released a statement extending condolences to Edward's family and fiancé Katy Berteau. The statement read:

“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.”

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CAUSE OF DEATH STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED

Although Edward's official cause of death is still to be announced, it is known that he had been fighting pneumonia over the last month, and his last post had been a heartfelt thanks to his fiançé for her loving support.

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EDWARD ASCHOFF'S FIANCÉ REVEALS LAST DAYS

In a heartbreaking post on his Instagram account, Katy shared Edward's fight against multifocal pneumonia. The usual antibiotic treatment failed, and as his symptoms worsened he was readmitted to hospital where it was discovered that his immune system had started attacking itself.

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EDWARD ASCHOFF'S HEARTBREAKING LAST POST

Edward's last post was a tribute to his loving fiancé and reveals the pain and suffering he was going through in his last days. He wrote:

“Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst. But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself.”

According to ESPN, Edward and Katy had set the date for their wedding for April 2020.

The dates of the services to honor the reporter are still to be announced, but there will be a memorial in his home town of Oxford, Mississippi, and the main service will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.

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EDWARD ASCHOFF'S DREAM-COME-TRUE

Apart from sports, Edward Aschoff had one overwhelming passion - Godzilla.

Edward loved the franchise so much that he managed to wrangle a cameo appearance on the sequel released in May 2019, "Godzilla: King of Monsters."

He attended the Los Angeles premiere with his fiancé Katy Berteau and got to meet Kyle Chandler, one of the film's stars. 

The moment was clearly one of the highlights of the year for Edward, who thanked his fiancé for letting him "nerd out."

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