R.I.P. Renowned CNN Sportscaster Nick Charles Passes Away From Bladder Cancer

- By Bossip Staff

One of the best to ever do it.

“Life is 20 percent what happens to you, 80 percent how you react to it.”

-Nick Charles

Very telling as to the way the Mr. Charles lived his life and fought through his disease.

CNN sportscaster Nick Charles has died, the Atlanta-based network reported Saturday.

The broadcaster died in Santa Fe, N.M., after battling bladder cancer since 2009, the network said. He was 64.

Charles had been with the network from its beginning on June 1, 1980.

“Nick was your friend from the moment you met him — and he stayed your friend forever,” said Rick Davis, CNN’s executive vice president of News Standards and Practices. “All of us who had the very good fortune to have been his friend have so much to remember about how he touched our lives in his own special way.”

Charles worked in local television and radio in Springfield, Ill., and the Baltimore-Washington area before joining CNN in 1980. For two decades Charles worked with Fred Hickman on “Sports Tonight.” In 2001, began calling fights for Showtime as part of its ShoBox series.

He is a three-time winner of Cable Ace awards for his work on “Sports Tonight”; 2008 winner of International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Sam Taub Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

The sports world will truly miss you sir.


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  • kyle

    If there was and award for a sports scholar and a gentleman, Nick Charles should have received one! He was the poster boy for good sportsmanship. He was also a trooper with the disease that eventually would take his life.

    R.I.P, Sir, just a true gentleman, we will miss you! God bless you and you family in this difficult time..

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