One of the most recognizable faces and names at ESPN has passed away.

John Saunders, who spent nearly 30 years with the network, died today at the age of 61.

Saunders covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to hosting SportsCenter and The Sports Reporters.

He was a founding member of the V Foundation for cancer research and was a member of its board.

An obviously shaken Hannah Storm delivered the news to the ESPN audience this morning.

Saunders' survivors include his wife, Wanda, and daughters Aleah and Jenna.

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