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Well respected and longtime ESPN sports analyst John Saunders has passed away. He was just 61-years-old. 

Reports ESPN:

Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.

Born in Canada, Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal and played at Western Michigan before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of his time.

Saunders was a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and served on the board of directors.

Saunders’ cause of death was not immediately announced. He is survived by his wife, Wanda, and daughters Aleah and Jenna.

Rest in power John Saunders.

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