A legendary sports broadcaster tragically passed away tonight

SECAUCUS, NJ – MAY 22: (L-R) ESPN analysts Jay Bilas, Greg Anthony and Fred Hickman comment during the 2007 NBA Draft lottery on May 22, 2007 at NBATV Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The world of sports media would have lost a big one earlier this week.

According to multiple reports, longtime sportscaster Fred Hickman, best known for his work on CNN and ESPN, has died.

“RIP Fred Hickman. If you’re around my age, he was one of the faces of your sports-mad youth on CNN. He was a real OG in the business. Him, Nick Charles, Vince Cellini, Van Earl Wright, Jerome Jurenovich, etc. They were our internet before the internet,” Colin Cunlap tweeted.

The sports media world is heartbroken by the difficult news on Wednesday night.

“I just learned of the passing of Fred Hickman. @FHickmannews. All young African-American journalists owe Fred. He was at CNN when it started and paved the way for all of us. He called me on my birthday Friday and I hadn’t returned the call. A legend has disappeared. Pray for his family,” one fan wrote.

Our thoughts are with Fred Hickman’s friends and family during this difficult time.

Fred’s longtime friend Harrison Golden shared a heartfelt message on social media regarding his death.

Rest in peace Fred.

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