Chris Berman's father, James Berman, has died. The death of the father of the famous ESPN sportscaster was confirmed by ESPN NFL Twitter on Monday. However, the cause of death as well as the time of his passing was not disclosed.
According to the source, Berman has been on a leave of absence from broadcasting to tend to his father.
“Condolences to the family of Chris Berman on the loss of his father, James. Chris’ father was a great fan of the NFL …,” said the ESPN tweet.
It continued: “And he passed that love and enthusiasm on to his sons. Chris thanks everyone for their support and will be back next weekend.”
Chris Berman gained much popularity through his phrase “he-could-go-all-the-way!” As a child, his father was a die-hard football fan and he developed his passion for the game mainly due to him.
Chris Berman kicked-off his sportscasting career at Hartford's WVIT-TV, where he worked as a weekend sports anchor. Shortly after, he joined ESPN in 1979, just a month after its founding, and has been employed with the network ever since. Along with Bob Ley, he is one of ESPN's longest-tenured employees. He is currently the host of Monday Night Countdown.