Wife of ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman
killed in car wreck
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[May 11, 2017]
(Reuters) - ESPN sportscaster Chris
Berman's wife of 34 years was killed in a car crash in the couple's home
state of Connecticut, authorities said on Wednesday.
Katherine Berman was driving on Tuesday when her car struck a sport
utility vehicle in Woodbury, causing her car to roll down an embankment
and overturn, according to an accident report from Connecticut State
She and the occupant of the other car, an 87-year-old man, both were
killed, officials said. The cause of the collision was under
Katherine Berman's death came one day before Chris Berman's 62nd
birthday on Wednesday.
Berman has long been one of the biggest stars on ESPN, which is owned by
the Walt Disney Co and is one of the most watched networks on cable
"This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend," ESPN
President John Skipper said in a statement on Katherine's death. "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."
Berman, nicknamed "Boomer," for years anchored "SportsCenter," the
network's flagship show, and hosted its "Sunday NFL Countdown" program.
He has won the National Sportscaster of the Year award six times.
Berman, who joined ESPN in 1979, announced in a January interview with
Sports Business Daily that he was reducing his role at ESPN in a new
contract with the network.
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ESPN personality Chris Berman is shown during an interview at Super
Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, January
30, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports/File
Berman met Katherine, who was then a grade-school teacher, on a
roadway by pretending to have car trouble and asking her out when
she stopped to check on him, according to a 1993 article in People
The couple married in 1983 and had two children, Meredith and
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles)
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