Vaughn McClure, a reporter who covered the Atlanta Falcons for ESPN, reportedly passed away near his Atlanta home. He was 48 years old.
McClure, a former sports writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, joined ESPN in 2013 to cover the NFL and the Falcons as a beatwriter.
He covered the Super Bowl LI run in Atlanta in 2017, where they lost to the New England Patriots. He also contributed to ESPN's television and radio coverage of the Falcons and the NFL.
"We all loved Vaughn," said John Pluym, ESPN's assistant editor-in-chief, NFL digital coverage. “He had a heart of gold. He was so helpful to our reporters. In the past few hours we've heard so many stories about how Vaughn helped them with a story, or how he put in a good word for them with a coach or player. "
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He added, “It has always been a pleasure to speak to Vaughn on the phone. I loved the way you could feel the excitement in your voice at being able to cover the Falcons for ESPN. We will all miss him very much. And I'll end this the way Vaughn ended every call to a coworker: “Guess. I love you. "We all loved him too."
The hawks also made a statement. “We are saddened by the death of ESPN's Vaughn McClure. He was a serious, thoughtful reporter who was passionate about his craft and the relationships he maintained. He will be missed very much and we hold his family, friends and co-workers in our thoughts and prayers. "
McClure previously covered the cops for the Chicago Tribune. He also covered Notre Dame football for the Chicago Sun-Times and Fresno State basketball for The Fresno Bee.
McClure is from Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1994.
It is currently unclear how McClure passed away.