Yesterday, Turner Sports released a statement about NBA sportscaster Ernie Johnson’s son Michael passing away.
Johnson announced the death last night, with Turner Sports releasing their statement soon afterward. According to the NBA news website, the statement reads, “We are heartbroken over the passing of Cheryl and Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, a true hero who uplifted and brought joy to everyone he touched. The family’s love, faith, and commitment to one another will forever be an inspiration to us. Our deepest condolences are with Cheryl, Ernie, and their family, friends, and loved ones as we mourn with them.”
Ernie Johnson himself broke the news on Twitter last night, linking to a Facebook page that’s no longer available to the public. Michael died at 33 years old and reportedly suffered from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which can cause severe respiratory issues.
“We are grieving and at the same time so grateful for having been witnesses to a miraculous 33 years with Michael,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
Johnson’s most well-known for hosting TNT’s “Inside the NBA” with co-hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley. He also sportscasts for the MLB on TBS and wrote a book called “Unscripted” in 2017.
According to Ernie Johnson’s website, he lives in Braselton, Georgia, with his wife, Cheryl. They have five other children besides Michael, four of whom were adopted.
Fans and Friends Mourn Death of Ernie Johnson’s Son, Michael
After Ernie Johnson revealed that his son died, several people flooded the comments section of his post with condolences.
ESPN football analyst Matthew Berry wrote earlier, “Words are inadequate at a time like this. Much love to your entire family.”
“The Atlantic” writer Jemele Hill commented, “I’m praying for you and your family, Ernie. Sending you love, light, and good thoughts.”
“Ernie, my heart truly aches for your family’s loss. But also swells, thinking of the loving support you all provided Michael all these years. Thank you for the example of your love, resilience, and strength,” former College GameDay host Chris Fowler said.
NFL Network host Rich Eisen also sent his condolences. “So sorry to hear this about your loss of your lovely son. I am sending every last bit of my family’s heart your family’s way.”
NFL sideline reporter Melanie Collins said, “So incredibly sorry to hear this, EJ. I know how much he meant to you and your family and what an incredibly special bond you shared. Sending you strength and love. May Michael Rest In Peace.”
The NBA itself released a statement on Twitter about the death of Ernie Johnson’s son.
“The NBA mourns the passing of Michael Johnson, the son of Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson. Michael was admired by so many around the league for his remarkable courage and perseverance. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Cheryl, and their family during this difficult time.”