ESPN sportscaster John Saunders has passed away at the age of 61.

Saunders was joined ESPN in 1986 as a co-host of SportsCenter and also covered the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, MLB world Series and hosted the popular show Sports Reporters on Sunday Mornings.

The news was originally reported live by ESPN anchor Hannah Storm who was emotional as she remembered Saunders.

Saunders was also a founding member of the V Foundation for Cancer Research and hosted studio shows for baseball, college football and college basketball.

John Saunders was born in Ontario, Canada and was a standout hockey player at Western Michigan University from 1974-1976.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda and two daughters.

A cause of death has not yet been announced.