Sports stars, fans and commentators alike mourned the death of Kathy Berman, the wife of legendary ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, after she died in a car accident in rural Connecticut on Tuesday.
Connecticut State Police told Patch that a vehicle driven by Edward Bertulis, 87, was struck in the back by the Lexus Kathy was driving while both were traveling eastbound on Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury.
Kathy’s car veered off the road down an embankment and overturned in a small body of water, while Bertulis’ vehicle crashed into utility pole and landed upside down in the center of the road.
Kathy, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene. Bertulis was taken to a local hospital and later died as a result of his injuries.
Connecticut State Police were not immediately available for further comment.
According to Dave Altimari, an investigative reporter at the Hartford Courant, Chris was at Citi Field in New York City to watch the Mets take on the San Francisco Giants when he was notified of the accident.
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“Truly sad to hear Mrs. Kathy Berman is no longer with us,” wrote Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Twitter. “Praying for you Chris as I know you always told me she was your rock.”
Chris’ co-workers at ESPN as well as other sports broadcasters also shared their condolences on social media.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in a statement, “This is stunning and heartbreaking news. Chris Berman is more than a friend. He is like family to the Ravens. Chris, his children and Kathy are in our thoughts and prayers.”
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement Wednesday. “Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years.”
Kathy was a teacher, who was married to Chris for 33 years. She is survived by her husband and the couple’s two children, Douglas and Meredith.
Chris, 62, recently stepped down from his position as host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown in January, after 31 seasons. He remains with the company.