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ESPN Reporter Who Died Battling Pneumonia Had Stage IV Cancer

Edward Aschoff

New details surrounding the death of a 34-year-old ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff, who contracted pneumonia have been revealed by his fiancé.

According to ESPN, Edward Aschoff, a radio and television reporter on college football for the network, died on December 24, 2019, which happened to be his 34th birthday.

Two days following his death, Aschoff’s fiancé, Katy Berteau, posted on the late reporter’s Instagram account, and said Aschoff was initially diagnosed with multifocal pneumonia, but after a failed antibiotic treatment and worsening of symptoms, he was diagnosed with a condition called HLH, which caused the immune system to attack other healthy tissues in the body.

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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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On Wednesday, Edward Aschoff’s fiance made what she called a final post to the late reporter’s social media account. In the posts, Berteau revealed that Aschoff, unbeknownst to others, had Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in his lungs. The news came with results from the final lung biopsy Aschoff received.

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“This is an aggressive type of cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced,” Berteau wrote. She also wrote that both pneumonia and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma can trigger HLH.

“This is seemingly what happened with Edward,” Berteau wrote. “All of this combined is what led to his very rapid decline those last few days, and ultimately his passing.”

Berteau wrote that she went public with the information, because she believes Aschoff would have wanted others to know that “something way bigger than pneumonia took him down”.

“I’m at least grateful he didn’t have to go through the painful treatment and drawn out process of battling the disease,” Berteau wrote. “He wouldn’t have wanted to go out like that.”

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