Today, the sports world lost a well-respected and game-changing figure. Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager has died at the age of 65 after succumbing to his battle with cancer.
“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 president David Levy said in a statement. “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. 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.”
Sager, whose career spans over 40 years, battled acute myeloid leukemia since he was first diagnosed in 2014.
In a statement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said teams will observe a moment of silence in Sager’s memory.
Over here at Singersroom, we may report about R&B, but we’re huge fans of basketball and what Mr. Sager has done to transcend the sport. To celebrate his life, we chose five songs to remember and celebrate his colorful, prolific, and inspiring career. We miss you Craig!
[tps_title]”Simply the Best” by Tina Turner[/tps_title]
“You’re simply the best, better than all the rest / Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.” Craig was the best at what he did, and can never be replaced.
[tps_title]”Hero” by Mariah Carey[/tps_title]
The beautiful songbird released an inspiring and stirring song that made us realize that we are “heroes” within ourselves. Mr. Sager will always be a “Hero” to people around the world.
[tps_title]”Celebration” by Kool And The Gang[/tps_title]
What would any celebration be without this classic 1980 worldwide hit? It’s appropriate no matter what achievement or happy event you’re commemorating. Let’s celebrate Mr. Sager’s inspiring life!
[tps_title]”Fabulous” by Jahiem[/tps_title]
Jahiem’s song, “Fabulous,” was written for young people, especially in urban areas, but we thought we should let Mr. Sager know that he’s “Fabulous” as well. We will never forget your contributions and fight!
[tps_title]”The World’s Greatest” by R.Kelly[/tps_title]
“The World’s Greatest” is an inspirational hit from musical genius, R. Kelly. Craig inspired us with his fight to live, fight to uplift, and fight to entertain, and for this, he’s “The World’s Greatest.”