ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff died on Christmas Eve at age 34.
Initial assessments showed that he died of pneumonia. But his fiancee Katy Berteau announced on Wednesday that further testing revealed that he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs.
Fiancee says goodbye on Twitter
Berteau delivered the news on Aschoff’s Twitter page in a nine-tweet thread explaining what happened and announcing that it would be her final update via his social media.
Aschoff’s doctor’s apparently didn’t know that he was stricken by the cancer until a lung biopsy was completed.
(2/9) After his passing, the hospital received the final results from his lung biopsy. Unbeknownst to us, Edward had stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs. This is an aggressive type of cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced. pic.twitter.com/kuPHwrAXuz— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020
Bertreau noted that she took comfort in the fact that there was nothing that could have been done to save Aschoff and that the rapid onset of the disease meant that Aschoff didn’t have to linger in his suffering.
(5/9) I hope this information helps people in dealing with this tragedy. It has helped me knowing that his passing was inevitable, and I’m at least grateful he didn’t have to go through the painful treatment and drawn out process of battling the disease pic.twitter.com/4nr4Gys1em— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020
She then thanked his followers for their support and sharing upon his unexpected death.
(8/9) Again, thank you to everyone for your continuous support. To all of you who have reached out, provided and offered support, donated, attended services, shared their favorite Edward stories, how he touched your life, thank you, from bottom of my ❤️— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020
-Katy Berteau pic.twitter.com/my2ES04HU6
According to his ESPN bio, Aschoff began working at the network in 2011 as an SEC reporter. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 and worked as a recruiting reporter for the Gainesville Sun prior to joining ESPN.
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