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Frank Deford has died at age 78

Frank Deford has died at age 78”

Legendary sportswriter Frank Deford, also known as NPR's longtime philosopher of sports, died at his home in Key West, Fla., at the age of 78. The publication confirmed the news with Deford's wife.

Over his illustrious career, Deford managed to write more than a dozen books and was a contributor to HBO's "Real Sports" franchise. Until his recent retirement after 37 years, Deford had been a weekly fixture on NPR's Morning Edition, offering his unique take on the sports world. It will be updated.

Deford received the National Humanities Medal in 2013 from President Barack Obama, who said: "A dedicated writer and storyteller, Mr. Deford has offered a consistent, compelling voice in print and on radio, reaching beyond scores and statistics to reveal the humanity woven into the games we love".

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The Baltimore native spent 50 years writing for Sports Illustrated.

In addition, Deford was named to the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame, won Sportswriter of the Year several times, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy as well as being given the ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing in 2013.

"In addition to being an enormous talent, he was a consummate gentleman, a dear friend, and a beloved, original member of our "Real Sports" family", Gumbel said.

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"It always felt like Frank Deford was too smart, too classy, too good to be a sportswriter", Yahoo Sports columnist Jeff Passan said in a tweet.

"In addition to being an huge talent, he was a consummate gentleman, a dear friend, and a beloved, original member of our "Real Sports" family".

In 1984, Deford wrote Alex: The Life of a Child. "His loss is immeasurable". It was called “The American Singapore.” He delivered 119 segments for the show and was a feature reporter at Wimbledon in the 1990s.

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