Longtime ESPN commentator John Saunders dies at 61

ESPN reported Wednesday morning that longtime commentator John Saunders has died. He was 61.

The cause of death has not been released.

His death came as a surprise to colleagues and fans.

Saunders worked for ESPN for nearly 30 years, covering college football, basketball and hockey, according to the network. Saunders did play-by-play coverage and served as an anchor on SportsCenter.

Saunders is survived by a wife and two daughters.