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FILE - In this July 10, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama laughs with Frank Deford as he awards him the 2012 National Humanities Medal during a ceremony in the East Room of White House in Washington. Deford gave his final sports commentary on NPR’s “Morning Edition” Wednesday, ending a run of what he calls “little homilies” that began in 1980. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Sportswriter Frank Deford has died at 78


Sportswriter Frank Deford has died at 78, The Washington Post reported.

Deford worked for Sports Illustrated for more than 50 years. He was a regular commentator on National Public Radio and wrote 18 books.

Deford was honored as Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters six times and was a member of its Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the 2012 National Humanities Medal by President Obama during a ceremony at the White House.

Tributes quickly poured in on Twitter.

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