Previously undetected lymphoma led to ESPN reporter’s death, fiancée reveals


Previously undetected lymphoma led to ESPN reporter’s death, fiancée reveals
Edward Aschoff died on Christmas Eve, his 34th birthday, of what doctors thought was pneumonia. (Source: University of Florida/CNN)

(CNN) - It was a big shock for college football fans when Edward Aschoff, a reporter for ESPN, died on Christmas Eve, his 34th birthday.

Aschoff’s fiancée said after his autopsy, they found out he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs. It’s an aggressive kind of cancer that can be undetectable until it’s very advanced.

When Aschoff died, he’d been diagnosed with multi-focal pneumonia and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, which affects the immune system.

She explained that both pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma can trigger HLH, and all of this combined is what led to his decline and, eventually, his death.

Both Aschoff and Carley McCord, a Louisiana journalist who died in a plane crash in December, were memorialized at the college football championship game in the New Orleans Superdome on Monday with work stations reserved in the press box.

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