Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Kathy Berman, wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, dies in vehicle accident

Kathy Berman, wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, dies in vehicle accident

Kathy Berman, wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, died Tuesday in an auto collision with another driver in Woodbury, Connecticut, Deadspin reported.

Bertulis' Ford Escape struck a utility pole and landed on its roof in the street.

ESPN President John Skipper said in a statement the death is a "devastating tragedy and hard to comprehend" and pledged to give Chris Berman "the love and support he will surely need in this hour".

The Berman family received an outpouring of support all day Wednesday, including a touching tribute from one of ESPN's chief competitors.

Chris' wife passed away Tuesday in a 2-car crash in CT that also killed the driver of the other vehicle, Edward Bertulis.

According to the Associated Press, Kathy's auto struck the rear of an SUV and her vehicle skidded off the road and overturned in a body of water.

Vitale said he texted Berman, who turned 62 on Wednesday, to offer his prayers and did not mention Friday's gala. Kathy Berman died the day before Chris' 62nd birthday.

"All of us need to keep the family of Edward Bertulis in our thoughts and prayers as well", the family's statement continues, before closing off with regards from the family.

Berman, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. "We would appreciate our privacy as we grieve our loss. He had five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren".

A story on ESPN's website says Chris Berman joined the network in 1979 and married Kathy four years later.

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