ESPN SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm was tasked with announcing the death of long-time colleague John Saunders on the air.

At just 61 years of age, John Saunders, a staple of ESPN for three decades, passed away this morning.

Hannah Storm — one of Saunders’ colleagues at the network — attempted to fight back evident emotion as she broke the news live on the air.

The entire sports world reacted in shock to the loss of a broadcasting legend:

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