ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure has died. He was 48.
McClure died at his home near Atlanta, Georgia, this week, ESPN announced on Thursday. The reporter’s cause of death was not revealed.
McClure covered the NFL for ESPN, and was a beat reporter for the Atlanta Falcons, contributing to both TV and radio coverage of the team, including their appearance at the Super Bowl in 2017.
“We all loved Vaughn. He had a heart of gold. He was so helpful to our reporters,” said ESPN’s senior deputy editor for digital NFL coverage John Pluym in a statement. “In the last few hours, we’ve heard so many stories about how Vaughn had helped them with a story or how he put in a good word for them with a coach or player.”
Several of McClure’s colleagues shared tributes on Twitter, remembering his friendliness and kindness.
“ESPN’s NFL Nation Reporter for the Atlanta Falcons, Vaughn McClure, died at his apartment in Atlanta,” wrote ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “What a nice man he was. McClure was 48. Rest In Peace.”
Jamison Hensley, who covers the Baltimore Ravens for ESPN, wrote, “Unbelievably sad news about Vaughn McClure, a great colleague at ESPN and an even greater person.”
“Vaughn McClure made you feel like a celebrity every time you saw him,” shared ESPN’s Dan Graziano. “I simply cannot believe he is gone. Absolutely crushing.”