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

On-air reporter for ESPN, Edward Aschoff, 34, passed away on Christmas Eve.

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


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.”


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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Hey y’all, this is Katy, Edward’s fiancé. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who has expressed their sympathies, condolences, and prayers for me and his family and friends. The outpouring of love, admiration, and gratitude for his life have been so incredible, and have helped me through these last few days. It has brought me brief moments of joy in this darkness to see all the pictures, videos, and memories of all the lives he touched. I couldn’t be more proud that the one thing people are talking about most was his ability to lift them up with his energy, light, and that all-encompassing smile. I also want to take this opportunity to provide more clarity about his passing. As a journalist, it was of the utmost importance to him that stories be accurate. Edward was admitted to the hospital a week after our first visit to the ER, where he was diagnosed with multi focal pneumonia. After failed antibiotic treatment, with worsening of symptoms, we took him back to the ER and he was immediately admitted. After many tests, including bone marrow and lung biopsies, treatment was started for a presumed diagnosis of HLH, which is an unregulated, over-activation of the immune system that causes it to attack itself and other healthy tissues. Within three days of being moved into the ICU, he passed. I want to share the brightness that he showed, even up until the last day he was awake. He kept the doctors and nurses constantly laughing, and always made a point to thank them and tell them what a great job they were doing. He also loved Christmas so much that even from the ICU he was coordinating with my friend about wrapping my presents so I could be surprised. He loved people with his entire being. We are still working on the details for his services, but there will be a small memorial in Oxford, MS, and a main service will be held in Atlanta, GA. I will share details as soon as I can. Thank you all again for loving him as much as he loved you.

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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.


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.


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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