Hannah Storm

ESPN Anchor Hannah Storm broke down live on the air while announcing the death of longtime ESPN colleague John Saunders.

Storm tearfully reported Saunders' death at age 61 on SportsCenter Wednesday morning.

"Our generous, talented and beloved colleague John Saunders has died," said Storm, 54.

Saunders worked at ESPN for 30 years. He is survived by his wife and 2 daughters.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Last name Saunders huh? ? I bet he has Louisiana roots.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Im TOO sad. First Stu now him. RIP

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Damn. Condolences.

  • Taylordanes

    RIP John

  • Incog-knee-gress

    French. But the other direction. He was Canadian. Montreal too. So yep you are right. French roots for sure.

  • DYmondgurl

    Gona miss his voice and perspective on Sports Reporters ...
    RIP Sir

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Just 61....That's so young. R.I.P.

  • LeBrick James

    Yup. He was one of my favorites.
    He was always very even and balanced, not like some of those loudmouth types they had on (Steven A Smith/Skip Bayless etc) .

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I'm not a huge sports fan, but he always seemed like a solid dude who exhibited real professionalism. RIP Sir.

  • yoni

    Not making fun but I always wonder when folks say "He/she was 80 when he passed." Then somebody says "Oh, (s)he was YOUNG.....". How Sway? I get it, but I wonder too.

    RIP Mr. Saunders

  • LeBrick James

    That's got to be tough. She handled it better than I probably would.

    I cant imagine being on live TV in front of millions, announcing the death of one of my friends/co-workers.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    depends on your proximity to the age of the deceased I guess.
    when you're 75 and hear of an 80 y/o passing, your azz gonna say the same, Lol!

  • yoni

    True true. Like I said, I get it but......we know that's old(er). LOL

  • Soda

    At Tony Bennett's birthday party last week they congratulated him on all his years of success, then added, "The best is yet to come." He's 90.

  • LeBrick James

    This was his 30th year at ESPN... he started in 1986.
    ESPN is like a revolving door as far as their talent, so they have to feel you're pretty special to keep you around for that long.

  • LeBrick James

    I still miss Stu. He hung in there for a minute against that cancer too. RIP.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    awww man, she just mentioned the "Jimmy V" foundation. even I remember him! I actually watched quite a bit of college ball back when Valvano coached the Wolfpack and Tar Heels had Dean Smith! That was a GREAT time in college ball.
    I actually saw an old Johnny Carson show a while back on one of the throwback tv stations, and I tell you I almost fell out of my bed when he introduced 'Coach V' and he popped out from behind that curtain!!!!!!!!!! Lawd..... took me waaaaay back.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    yeah, he was definitely a linchpin of that org

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Sorry to hear this, sleep in peace...I thought this was reported because of an affair or something. The death alone is news, but the reporter breaking down is not....unless there was something between them.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    you better say that! I've worked w/folks for a shorter period than they'd worked together and was nearly inconsolable at hearing they had passed.
    I mean, I know people expect a certain level of professionalism from folks in their respective fields, but if it came over the wire like any other "breaking" news, she may not have had time to compose herself in the moment.

  • Sexy CJ

    R.I.P............John Saunders.........

  • yoni

    See. LOL #hope

  • LeBrick James

    I think the reporter breaking down is significant or meaningful just because it demonstrates how loved and respected he was by his colleagues.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Uh, you gone just question the man's integrity like that? There was FRIENDSHIP between them, Orch! (stop being petty and instigating!, Lol!)

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    eh...? ok, I'll buy it. Not everything is cynical in my world.

  • QweenOfThorns

    My day is so crappy.....my 18 year old cousin got arrested and is suspected of robbing, beating, and setting on fire a 84 year old woman. Him and get this....his sister's father!....and two other youngins. Im saw them the evening the crime happened and I keep replaying shiftyness I could see in the oldest one's eyes. They got caught cuz the stole the ladies credit cards and were seen on camera literally the next town over trying to use them (idiots). Now my family is in denial talking about "just pray". The boy has been outta control I think they need to prepare for him to spend the rest of his life in jail (if he's lucky) and not walk around with their head in the sand. Sorry for the rant I had to get that out. ?

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    lol- i know right? But..... Tu sabes ella Sandra Rose?

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Keep your head up hun, smh.

  • Jusstlookn To Stay Woke

    Sending up my condolences and praying for comfort; for wife, daughter, family and colleagues.

    RIP in Peace Sir

  • Jusstlookn To Stay Woke

    Hugs to you sister girl. Well, if all is you say is true, this is really bad for him. Relax and can't make "grown" folks do right.

  • LeBrick James

    Hopefully he doesnt get life in prison. 18 is too young to throw your life away. And hopefully he comes out of prison one day a better person. Some people come out worse, some come out better. Hopefully he'll be one of those that comes out a better person and contributes to society.
    This has got to be so tough for the family. I cant imagine having to deal with something as heavy as that.

  • QweenOfThorns

    Thanks ?

  • Finding Forever…

    Better out than in end (just to be able to release it from the heart on this here site ;)). Prayers to you & yours during this trying time.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Dont do that to me Nan. I just teared up. Jimmy V was a big huge deal here. I am and always been a huge UNC fan. But the Raleigh in me, made me team Cardiac Pack FOREVER *makes my wolf with my hand*. I think THAT era in basketball made me the sports head I am currently.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Si...si...

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    (hearty laughter!)
    but nah, I pray nothing but comfort and God's love to his family and those close to him.

  • LeBrick James

    Relax and can't make "grown" folks do right.
    ===
    So true. I've seen it in my own family too. When they get to a certain age you're going to see them make some bad decisions.
    And it's like watching a car crash in slow motion from across the street --- you see it happening but there's nothing you can do to stop it. People just have to deal with the consequences of their own decisions.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    I could barely get through the NBA finals past few years with no Stu. I miss him terrible.

  • Finding Forever…

    The other side of the pillow just ain't been the same since Stu. Berman is due to leave & saw Tom Jackson has already stepped down too. ESPN memorable "voices" aren't even around or won't be soon. I'm gonna miss Chris Carter & that C'mon Man...the only part that I'd make sure that I didn't miss.

  • QweenOfThorns

    We live in Georgia...a Republican state. This woman was White and 84 years old. She lived to tell the tale of being beaten all fingers broken and she put herself out with a bottle of water. It's not looking good from any of them. My god.....Im hurting for her going through that. And for the young ones involved that probably got talked into it by a man who has already spent most of his adult life in prison.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Shug! I promise you, I immediately thought of you, and I may have even been sleep-reading the blog like I do sometimes at night. it was such a jolt, I had to sit-up on the side of the bed. I watched and smiled maybe a couple of minutes, but then I had to turn because my old nostalgic crybaby self had started welling up, smh

  • Incog-knee-gress

    And Dick Vitale contract ends in 2018 with ESPN. Then what? Imma cry myself to schleep at night during basketball season. Thats what.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    yep, ditto

  • QweenOfThorns

    Yes I have been watching him wreck for a while. His Mama works hard...she had 2 kids as a young teen. Worked hard and now owns a home and would give them everything. She tried to protect him from himself but this is just to much!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Damn damn DAMN. I am so damn sorry

  • ATL White Guy

    Prayers and condolences to all who knew him. Michael & Jemele were crying on His & Hers as well. I personally like seeing the emotion as it shows how well respected & loved John Saunders was.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I understand that is family, however, how is the 84yo woman that was set on fire? Any ailment at that age can be life-threatening. Burns over your body can be detrimental to your health. It's easy to get infection and throw off your volumes, let alone trying to withstand the pain if it isn't 4th degree.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Geez! Hugs to you sis.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Sadly cancer took Kay Yow the longtime women's basketball coach at NC State out too. The old pics of her and him back in the basketball heyday of NC State? Listen. Susan G. Komen just passed (June) and every YEAR they get my ass with that same montage on the local airwaves. I straight be thug down status.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Oh, gosh. I'm so sorry to hear that. Glad the lady lived though. Keep your head up, sis.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Im hurting for her too man.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    wow, prayers up for the victim as well. hopefully, your young cousin will recognize the error of his ways, and truly try to turn his life around (after facing whatever consequences that are sure to come). this made me think Lee Boyd Malvo, who was groomed by the DC sniper. it's a truly selfish and evil act fpr an 'old' man to deliberately teaching/misguide young impressionable ones along the pathway of certain destruction.

  • nucynu25

    OMG..I read abt that..hugs

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Hey!

  • ATL White Guy

    Because of her age, and severity of her injuries, she's been in a medically induced comma ever since from what I've read. Sad all the way around - the family of the accused and the family & the victim. The devil is walking the earth and taking over people!

  • MissyJ

    Lord that is something sick. This old head was clearly the career criminal ring leader.... I really hope cousin doesn't have to spend life in prison. 18 is too young to have thrown it all away.

  • ATL White Guy

    howdy! Been travelling the world but i'm back!

  • nucynu25

    at 18 ppl still young & dumb

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Thanks for posting. I wasn't familiar with the story.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    bottom line.... folks gonna 'do them' at the end of the day

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    She's in a coma? Sheesh. This is so bad on so many levels. And to have lived this long just to be harmed like this at her age. So sad.

  • QweenOfThorns

    Old head is also a registered sex offender and rapist. Sick bastard. *tears*

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Awe MAN. Glad you are back!

  • ATL White Guy

    I've had family members do some really bad stuff that most likely will land them in jail for the rest of their lives. I still love them as a family member, but can't fathom or forgive them for what they did. As someone said below grown folk will do what they want to do no matter what.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I despise that 'c' word... Lord knows I do!

  • LeBrick James

    When I saw that story online she was in critical condition. Hopefully she's improving now. Lets hope she pulls through.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Well alright.

    They didn't have phone service in the outback? Your LTE service was done to one G? You had no bars? Your Rushcard was out of money to use the phone on the plane? What say you?

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    RIP.....

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    well damn! how the f is he even 'free'???? (you don't have to answer that, it's more of a reaction than a question.... clearly, the 'law' couldn't hold him down, smh)

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    well damn! how the f is he even 'free'???? (you don't have to answer that, it's more of a reaction than a question.... clearly, the 'law' couldn't hold him down, smh)

  • ATL White Guy

    Those data roaming charges aren't no joke! Plus, I was out and about a lot. Didn't want to sit in the hotel room cruising the internet much. My travel philosophy is hotel rooms are just to crash in...otherwise it's the 3 morning S's then out the door to see everything. Had a personal hotspot but the kids were using the data like crazy playing that pokemon game that I don't understand.

  • ATL White Guy

    Those data roaming charges aren't no joke! Plus, I was out and about a lot. Didn't want to sit in the hotel room cruising the internet much. My travel philosophy is hotel rooms are just to crash in...otherwise it's the 3 morning S's then out the door to see everything. Had a personal hotspot but the kids were using the data like crazy playing that pokemon game that I don't understand.

  • Finding Forever…

    WHAT! NOOOOOO NOT DICK too. I hadn't heard this & damn "ain't nothing" going to be the same. Prayed for Craig Sager (Ernie Johnson when he went through his battle) & still am because NBA reporting won't be the same w/o him. Glad to see he did this year's finals because you just never know. These "personalities" come in your home on the screen & you feel as if you know them. Just hate to see the good ones go.

  • Finding Forever…

    WHAT! NOOOOOO NOT DICK too. I hadn't heard this & damn "ain't nothing" going to be the same. Prayed for Craig Sager (Ernie Johnson when he went through his battle) & still am because NBA reporting won't be the same w/o him. Glad to see he did this year's finals because you just never know. These "personalities" come in your home on the screen & you feel as if you know them. Just hate to see the good ones go.

  • LeBrick James

    Oh, I'm in GA too. I know how it is, sister.
    Black perpetrator+ white victim will add at least another 5-10 years to your sentence most of the time, especially if you get a white judge/jury. The system is not set up to work in our favor or show us any mercy when we mess up.

    Hopefully the family is really praying for God to have mercy on that kid so he court ends up showing him some leniency.

  • LeBrick James

    Oh, I'm in GA too. I know how it is, sister.
    Black perpetrator+ white victim will add at least another 5-10 years to your sentence most of the time, especially if you get a white judge/jury. The system is not set up to work in our favor or show us any mercy when we mess up.

    Hopefully the family is really praying for God to have mercy on that kid so he court ends up showing him some leniency.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    OMG. This gets worse and worse sis. God BLESS yall. Jesus

  • Incog-knee-gress

    OMG. This gets worse and worse sis. God BLESS yall. Jesus

  • QweenOfThorns

    From what I heard she is in critical condition. She is a tough lady I'm really pulling for her. She invited the older man into her home and allowed him to work there. He repaid her with treachery.

  • QweenOfThorns

    From what I heard she is in critical condition. She is a tough lady I'm really pulling for her. She invited the older man into her home and allowed him to work there. He repaid her with treachery.

  • ATL White Guy

    howdy howdy!

  • Panther Charleston

    Okay, that's it. Incog-knee-gress, I'm tired of admiring your intellect from afar. How in the brains did you all connect Saunders with French roots while also pinpointing something that makes sense between Louisiana and Montreal?

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    CRAIG & ERNIE TOO???!!!
    dis tew murch...

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    *deep sigh*
    (see, this is why I don't trust people, smh)

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    I thought you were tangled in a 3some.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Dickie V an OLD OLD ass man. He damn near 80. I was mad as FIRE that they didnt invite him to do EITHER of the Battle of The Blues UNC/Duke games 2015 season and only ONE last season. They been SLOWLY tryna phase my ultimate basketball homeboy...OUT. He almost the LAST one damn left.

  • Dee

    Why nor post about his passing without going thru becky?

  • QweenOfThorns

    Rest easy John.

  • LeBrick James

    Group hug from the sandrarose.com family...

  • Finding Forever…

    Wait...wait...wait. Ernie had cancer & is fine now. Craig is still fighting leukemia, sadly. Both are still on TNT.

  • ATL White Guy

    Now you thought I was just 7-7-0, and 4-0-4?
    I'm worldwide, #@#@ act like y'all don't know
    It's the abominable ho man
    Globe-trot international post man
    (thank you Luda)

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    :dabs eyes and blows nose, hardt:
    I'm exhausted.... I gotta take a walk...

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Not just area codes for you. You are a country code man. I see you. How many ho's did you and the wife have this vacay?

    What happened to SameoleJ and Nuncy's application to join ya'll? (I'm nosey)

  • QweenOfThorns

    ? Thank ya'll for letting me vent.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    They Franch. The Louisiana folks. So is the Montreal folks. Celine Dion. Gabe Aubry (Halle baby daddy etc). Those two regions are the two biggest North American French connect there is.

    Saunders is an English name but derives from the old French of Sandre.

    I dont know how I know. I just do. *hangs head*

  • ATL White Guy

    Family vaca, so we were good THIS time. But next time we hope to take a travel companion. The offer was made, but they couldn't join us.

  • Mizz76

    I didn't want to believe that this story was true when I first heard it... I'm sorry that you and your family are going through this.... Keep your head up and stay positive, no matter what!!

  • QweenOfThorns

    Right! I already a damn recluse.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Perhaps she just happened to be the one on air when the station got word of his passing. The news was just as sad and startling no matter who delivered it.

  • Panther Charleston

    Oh! I see. You got them superb cross-referencing skills. I see you, boo, I see you. Thanks for the response. ??

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    ...well that was my point, but, a few of my friends said it was pivotal to show he was well liked. but I can respect people liking him, but I was like were they having an affair? I just misread is all....

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    Just terrible. I don't even know what to say other than, be strong.

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! ??

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    @nucynu25:disqus Are you traveling with next time?

  • SummerBaby

    Awww man! ? Sending hugs & prayers your way.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    Well you may not know it or feel it, but prayer is powerful and helpful. I will pray YOU strength in the midst of the trouble. I can't say don't worry, but I will say I hope he lifts you and your family above all this.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Don't give her credit for nothing. She'll be around here thinking she's smart. :kona:

  • Incog-knee-gress

    This is why. She was reporting live from Rio.

    Ironically, Hannah is also the person who was on air and she announced Stuart Scott's death too.

    I guess maybe the next BLACK sportscaster to die should do so NOT on Hannah's watch. They really should damn schedule their death better. Smdh.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Lol. *hugs*

  • QweenOfThorns

    Just typing that horrified me. The fact that someone I know could be involved with that type of crime...it's shocking.

  • LeBrick James

    I never understand when people do home invasions where elderly people live though.
    Maybe I'm mistaken on this... but I would think that most 84 year-olds don't have a lot of cash or jewelry in their house.

  • Finding Forever…

    Dickie V an OLD OLD ass man. He damn near 80. They been SLOWLY tryna phase
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Networks ain't SH!T. Youth is always the name of the game. From sports as players to the announcers. Shhiiiit even our daily jobs & tasks. Let someone with youth & the same level of education pop on the scene, that seasoned employee (no matter the years & relations) is damn near pushed to the nearest exit. My aunt taught for damn near 36 years & then a whole new crop of teachers came on the scene. Principal nitpick something terrible until she gave the duces.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I'm amazed that the white anchor is some folks takeaway from this story. Crazy.

  • QweenOfThorns

    Thanks Orchid.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    No worries, I will keep you lifted and light a candle for you baby girl!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    @JustKeya just said that downstairs. Everything..EVERYTHING becomes racial here. A damn death announcement by this man COMPANY. Racial.

  • Panther Charleston

    ?

  • Panther Charleston

    ?

  • Finding Forever…

    I was so shocked to even see & read it. I hope & pray that he is resting peacefully. Prayers to his family & dear friends. Crazy that sports can be the common thread & bring different races & walks of life together.

  • Finding Forever…

    I was so shocked to even see & read it. I hope & pray that he is resting peacefully. Prayers to his family & dear friends. Crazy that sports can be the common thread & bring different races & walks of life together.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I wish you could see how hard my eyes are rolling. Damn. Just Damn.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I wish you could see how hard my eyes are rolling. Damn. Just Damn.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    bring different races & walks of life together
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    *hushing*

  • Incog-knee-gress

    bring different races & walks of life together
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    *hushing*

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    New Post - Father kills daughter bka More Death

  • https://www.wattpad.com/user/aleonhart Annie Leonhart

    Well, Storm did say Saunders was from Montreal. So---

  • yoni

    Crazy that sports can be the common thread & bring different races & walks of life together.
    __________________________

    So does Michael Jackson. :tea: IJS lol

  • i troll it like i see it

    That was not a breakdown in my opinion. If anything she powered thru that quite well, her voice shaking at times, yes, but she did good under the circumstances.

  • SameoleJ

    Sing it for me Dude!!

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I miss Scott. He was the bomb.

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    For me She didn't take away from him passing. I just thought it was more to it because of the type of reporting I am used to seeing here. I thought it was scandal or something. But in actuality in my world, any death is sad. The worse part is that we are used to the what else...not the just because. My apologies to anyone here I offended by asking.

  • MzFutureLCSW

    I'm at work.
    Was she crying in the background?

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    I see what you're saying and you already clarified yourself up thread. I get it. But what you thought and what this other poster was referring to are two totally different things. I get your point of view based on history of this blog, but that other person was just blowing smoke over nothing.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I get it. Reporters are trained not to break down or get emotional on the air when delivering the news. It's unprofessional and it focuses the story on them rather than on the subject. But Hannah is one of the last remaining true journalists among the bottle blond airheads in news and sports media. So she gets a pass.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sorry to hear about this, hun.

  • JustB

    His death should be the headline...not her crying over it...she should and would cry if she truly cared for him...or is her crying news because of race...js

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're right. I fixed it.

  • Dee

    Exactly! !!

  • QweenOfThorns

    Thanks Sandra.

  • Finding Forever…

    Prince & Luthur too, LLS.

  • nucynu25

    Omg..i just saw this lol..hell yeah am down but we didn't get no invite

  • nucynu25

    lmao...JUST LYING ON OUR GOODT NAME

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Next time you will. This was a family trip. Ho trip is the next trip.

  • SameoleJ

    Right!

  • MistaO

    She looks good for 54...js

  • MistaO

    I am going to miss him kicking off the college football season... ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Welcome back. ?

  • ATL White Guy

    Thank you! Spend part of the time in your old home country!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What part? London?

  • ATL White Guy

    Yes, my favorite place outside of the U.S.

  • nucynu25

    LOL..aint no fun if the homie cant get none

  • KB

    RIP John Saunders

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    May he rest in peace. Prayers for his family.

  • digital_femme

    R.I.P. to John Saunders. He was such a familiar face on ESPN. So knowledgeable and classy. ?

  • http://disqus.com/ yoliewinecorporation

    Sad RIP RIP