Aschoff died on Christmas Eve at age 34. Further tests after his death revealed the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was centered in his lungs and had reached stage 4.
Berteau revealed the diagnosis in a nine-tweet thread on Aschoff’s Twitter page, and said it would be the final update.
“Hi all, Katy again- this will be my last post on Edward’s social media. I wanted to provide an update about Edward’s passing that may help people in processing it and making a little more sense of what happened,” she wrote. “After his passing, the hospital received the final results from his lung biopsy. Unbeknownst to us, Edward had stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs. This is an aggressive type of cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced.”
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She asked that donations be made to the Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund at UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.
EARLIER: Edward Aschoff, a well liked college football reporter for ESPN, died Tuesday, Christmas Eve, after a brief illness, the network announced Tuesday night. Aschoff had turned 34 that same day.
“We are very sorry to have to share the devastating news of the tragic passing of friend and ESPN colleague Edward Aschoff,” ESPN said in a statement on Twitter. “He died earlier today, his 34th birthday. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée, Katy.”
ESPN did not disclose the nature of the illness; but Aschoff had been battling pneumonia for the past couple of weeks. “Covering (the Ohio State-Michigan game was a lot of fun. Getting pneumonia … not so much,” Aschoff wrote on Instagram on Dec. 2 next to a photo of him reporting from the field at the game. It was his second to last Instagram post.
His final one came two days later, Dec. 4, in which Aschoff spoke of his struggle with pneumonia while praising his fiancée for helping him through it. The two were planning to get married in April.
“Having pneumonia is pretty terrible. Like the absolute worst,” he wrote. “But it helps having this sweet angel taking care of you even when she’s risking getting this soul-crushing illness herself.”
Aschoff had been with ESPN since 2011. He was first based in Atlanta and moved to Los Angeles in 2017 when his role was expanded to include national TV coverage.
“Aschoff was easy to spot in press boxes,” ESPN’s obituary said. “Not only was he almost always the most dapperly dressed person there — with a collection of quirky socks that made him the envy of those around him — but his bright smile and radiant disposition always drew a crowd.”
In 2016, Aschoff and fellow ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg won first place in the Football Writers Association of America writing contest for their report on the role race plays in college football.
“Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” ESPN executive editor Lauren Reynolds said. “For as good of a reporter Ed was, he was an even better person. He always put people first — those whose stories he told, and those who had the honor of working alongside him. The outpouring of love and support from those whose lives he touched has been overwhelming and is a testament to the light he brought to this world.”
ESPN SVP Rob King, who called Aschoff “a ray of light,” led the tributes to the network’s young star by his colleagues on Twitter.