Katherine Berman, the wife of ESPN sportscaster and icon Chris Berman, died Tuesday in a two-car accident in Connecticut. She was 67.
State police told theHartford Courantthat the crash occurred at about 2:15 p.m. in Woodbury and killed both Berman and 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, who was driving the other vehicle.
The collision sent Berman’s 2003 Lexus off the road and down an embankment where it overturned in a body of water, per the report. Bertulis’ Ford Escape hit a utility pole and turned over on its roof.
Chris Berman, who turns 62 on Wednesday, was watching his beloved San Francisco Giants play the Mets at Citi Field Tuesday night when he had to be notified of the accident by NYPD officers, according to the Courant.
The couple married in 1983 and have two children, Meredith and Douglas.
ESPN President John Skipper offered his condolences Wednesday to Berman and his family.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” Skipper said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: he has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is to give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”
Berman joined ESPN one month after it launched in 1979 and has since become one of the network’s most recognizable faces. He has served as the longtime host of “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “Monday Night Countdown,” in addition to roles as an anchor of the network’s baseball coverage, including the Home Run Derby. His catchphrases, such as “He could go all the way,” “Whoop!” and “Back back back,” have contributed to Berman’s reputation as one of ESPN’s most colorful broadcasters.
ESPN announced earlier this year that Berman’s roles would be diminished following the network’s overhaul of “Countdown.” Berman, whose agent has previously dismissed rumors of his retirement, is instead slated to serve as a contributor to “Monday Night Countdown” and as a radio play-by-play voice during the divisional round of the MLB playoffs.