ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff didn't know he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma before he died

ESPN college football reporter Edward Aschoff, who suddenly died in December, didn’t know he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the lungs, his fiancée Katy Berteau said on Twitter.

Berteau released the update on Wednesday in the account of 34-year-old Aschoff in the hope that it would “help people to process and understand things a little better”.

(1/9) Hi everyone, Katy again – this will be my last post on Edward’s social media. I wanted to provide an update about Edward’s death that could help people process it and make a little more sense of what happened.


– Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020
She said Aschoff had stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs, which is an aggressive cancer that is usually only seen in advanced stages.

Shortly before his death, he was taken to the emergency room and diagnosed with multifocal pneumonia. After unsuccessful antibiotic treatment, he was returned to the emergency room.

Tests and biopsies showed he had hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare immune system disorder in which the body makes too many activated immune cells, according to the National Institute of Health.

Berteau said these overactive cells “attack themselves and other healthy tissues” and Aschoff died in the intensive care unit within three days.

His fiancee said the combination of pneumonia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma could trigger HLH in the body, and apparently that happened to Aschoff.

“I hope this information helps people deal with this tragedy,” she wrote. “It helped me to know that his death was inevitable, and at least I’m grateful that he didn’t have to go through the painful treatment and lengthy process of fighting the disease.”

She continued that she wanted to provide the update because he wanted everyone to know that something much bigger than pneumonia was knocking him down.

(9/9) Donations to the Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund at the UF College for Journalism and Communication can be sent to “U.F. Foundation ”, sent to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604, Attn: gift processing. Please see “Edward Aschoff Memorial Fund” in the memo area.

– Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) January 16, 2020
Aschoff, an up and coming star in college football reporting, had publicly reported about his health fight, which he began to tweet about in November.

“For someone who never gets sick, I’ve had a fever / cough / fatigue / flu for about two weeks,” he tweeted just before Thanksgiving.

But his condition only worsened. Aschoff died on his 34th birthday – Christmas Eve – a few months before his spring wedding.

Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011 as part of the SEC blog network covering the NCAA Southeastern Conference. Over the past three seasons, Aschoff has reported from US universities for, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, ESPN reported. He was both a television and radio reporter during the games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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