On Tuesday, January 26th, longtime NBA reporter, Sekou Smith, tragically passed away...
He was just forty-eight years old.
Since the news of his death broke, tributes from shocked colleagues and sportsmen alike have been flooding in...
The Turner Sports family mourns the loss of our very own, Sekou Smith. Our thoughts are with his family and friend… https://t.co/hRzxuICqVt— NBA TV (@NBA TV)1611706038.0
Hard to process. An impeccable human being. Rest In Peace, Sekou Smith. https://t.co/7MwOMyOAB3— Shams Charania (@Shams Charania)1611705553.0
Sekou Smith was the very best of us. Smart. Funny. Unflinching. Full of good. A lot of days and nights on the road… https://t.co/CQG3DaAGCm— Adrian Wojnarowski (@Adrian Wojnarowski)1611705949.0
I’ve known Sekou Smith since I was 20 years old. Never forget the day we met. We were both interns at the Plain Dea… https://t.co/a1I7GxPcEv— Jemele Hill (@Jemele Hill)1611705888.0
The Brooklyn Nets join the NBA family in mourning the loss of Sekou Smith. We send our sincerest condolences to his… https://t.co/SyZgSeOPS0— Brooklyn Nets (@Brooklyn Nets)1611719078.0
The NBA community lost a great man today in Sekou Smith. While I’ve known him since he was with the AJC but was luc… https://t.co/En7gwXDd6p— Stan Van Gundy (@Stan Van Gundy)1611712684.0
RIP Sekou Smith, one of the best journalists in the game. Our condolences 🖤 https://t.co/r90svvHhjM— Overtime (@Overtime)1611705839.0
Sekou Smith... man ...Rest In Peace. He was so positive and a tremendous consistent voice & writer for the NBA & be… https://t.co/3YqfcATuSl— Ros Gold-Onwude (@Ros Gold-Onwude)1611704166.0
Rest In Peace & Power, Sekou Smith. Met him when he was covering the Pacers early in his career and enjoyed watchin… https://t.co/qE7fAddr8G— Chris Broussard (@Chris Broussard)1611705318.0
We join the NBA family in mourning the heartbreaking loss of Sekou Smith, a fantastic writer and a great ambassador… https://t.co/0yMSrpHelZ— LA Clippers (@LA Clippers)1611704882.0
Sekou Smith was a real good man. So heartbroken for his family. Much love to the family he loved so much.— Tas Melas (@Tas Melas)1611705793.0
Smith had covered basketball for over twenty years...
And had spent the last eleven years with Turner Sports, which operates NBA TV, where he excelled as a TV analyst, podcaster, and writer.
NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, broke the tragic news.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Sekou Smith https://t.co/QyII7bcuXZ— NBA (@NBA)1611707027.0
In a statement, he wrote:
"The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family. Sekou was one of the most affable and dedicated reporters in the NBA and a terrific friend to so many across the league."
The statement continued:
"He covered the game for more than two decades, including the past 11 years with Turner Sports, where he showed his full range of skills as an engaging television analyst, podcast host and writer. Sekou's love of basketball was clear to everyone who knew him and it always shined through in his work."
"Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, Heather, and their children, Gabriel, Rielly and Cameron."
In his death, Smith has left behind his devoted family.
It was quickly confirmed afterward that he had passed away as a result of COVID-19.
Though when and how he contracted the virus is yet to be confirmed.