ESPN Football University reporter Edward Aschoff died Tuesday on his 34th birthday – weeks after he shared Instagram that he had contracted pneumonia while working on the Ohio State vs. Game. Michigan.
Aschoff tweeted that he had a virus for two weeks, which later turned into multifocal pneumonia.
Anyone with multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia in the early 1930s, as some who never get sick and have a very good immune system? Asking for two friends … my lungs.
– Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) December 5, 2019
Oxford, a native mother, graduated from the University of Florida in 2008.
He joined ESPN in 2011 as an SEC reporter after covering Florida recruiting and football for The Gainesville Sun.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of ESPN friend and colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancee, Katy.”
Aschoff details his illness in his final Instagram post, which featured a photo of Katy Berteau’s fiancee, whom she was planning to marry in New Orleans in April.
Many of Aschoff’s ESPN colleagues and friends from the college football world share their condolences on Twitter.
They were injured by these news today. ???? We were just a few weeks ago. You were one of the nicest people I met on ESPN. He always loved our conversations. Your future was so bright. It was a star in the making. You will miss your brother. Relax in paradise @AschoffESPN ️ ️ pic.twitter.com/LRUUnUiYaf
– Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) December 25, 2019
Ed was one of the brightest young talent on ESPN, but more importantly, he was just a great guy to be around. He never saw him without a smile, never spoke to him without leaving him in a better mood. So sad and tragic. Thoughts and prayers are with his family. https://t.co/BiZ5JB2e6o
– Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) December 25, 2019
Our friend Ed Aschoff, who remembers so much in this heart, was a ray of light. He smiled with all his existence, loved his fiancee and his family, and brought joy to the job. I hope you knew him too.
– Rob King (@ESPN_RobKing) December 25, 2019
It was destroyed by the passing of Ed Aschoff. One of the kindest, warmest people I have ever met. And if you were lucky enough to get to know him, there is no doubt that you feel that way too … My God, he will be lost.
– Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 25, 2019
This was the morning after Kick Six. I remember this moment as it was yesterday. Ed Aschoff was one of the best people on the planet. He will be missed by so many people. RIP. https://t.co/5MYroHcwjD
– Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 25, 2019
Ed Aschoff is one of the best people I know. Talented, kind, fun, polite and always positive. A great colleague and an even better friend. We are all devastated and broken. It’s just not fair. I love you, Ed, and you’ll lose. Prayers in the family of Katy and Ed. https://t.co/jJQBE441Fv
– Adam Rittenberg (@ ESPNRittenberg) December 25, 2019
Edward Aschoff was one of my closest friends. He was one of the most genuine, enthusiastic, presentable people I have ever had and made the world better.
Today she is incredibly sad and I am devastated for Katy and her family.
– Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) December 25, 2019
I can’t understand the idea that I’m not going to get Ed Aschoff again. I can’t understand how that happened. He was very young and so charismatic. This is a violent loss.
– Max Olson (@max_olson) December 25, 2019
Malicious news. Ed was a bright light in our corner of the world: Clever, talented and polite. Condolences to his family and friends.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 25, 2019
He was destroyed to learn of Ed Aschoff’s passing. I liked his cheerful spirit, his stubborn views and his love for very random groups.
He will never forget wearing a Gordon Bombay sweater in a 2017 Preds-Ducks game.
That’s awful. The world was a better place with Ed in it. pic.twitter.com/U2oZZFFnv5
– Travis Haney (@travaney) December 25, 2019