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John Saunders' wife found longtime ESPN host not breathing, called 9-1-1

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John Saunders, an anchor and host at ESPN for nearly 30 years, died Wednesday at the age of 61.

ESPN broke the news on-air. 

Saunders' wife called 911 after finding him unresponsive and not breathing in their home.

He anchored "SportsCenter,"hosted "Sports Reporters," and covered college football, basketball, and hockey for the network. 

Twitter had many tributes to Saunders.

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