Kathy Berman, the wife of broadcaster and longtime ESPN personality Chris Berman, has died following a car crash on Tuesday, May 9. She was 67.
ESPN’s president, John Skipper, confirmed the news in a statement.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” Skipper said. “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 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.”
Many of Berman’s colleagues in the sports world also offered their condolences.
Our hearts are heavy at ESPN as we report the tragic news that Kathy Berman, wife of Chris Berman, was killed in… https://t.co/H4umf58LTh
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2017
Everyone please say a prayer for Chris Berman and his family. Awful news this morning. Every day is a gift. May God bless.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 10, 2017
Condolences to Chris Berman for the loss of his wife Kathy, who died in a two-car accident last night. A mother of two. Just terrible news.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 10, 2017
There are times when words are obviously insufficient. Thoughts are with Chris Berman and his family today. Unimaginably sad.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) May 10, 2017
So incredibly saddened to learn of the death of Chris Berman's wife. Thoughts and prayers to Boomer, his family and his ESPN family.
— Marc Kestecher (@marckestecher) May 10, 2017
I saw Chris Berman on the field yesterday at Citi Field chatting with some Giants folks at 6 yesterday evening. This is horrible. https://t.co/jQW80xcBe0
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) May 10, 2017
According to the Hartford Courant, Kathy Berman was behind the wheel of a Lexus when it collided with a Ford Escape driven by 87-year-old Edward Bertulis. Connecticut State Police announced on Wednesday morning that he had been killed as well.
Chris Berman, who joined ESPN in 1979, was married to Kathy for 33 years. She is survived by him and their two children.