Popular hockey writer, broadcaster and TV commentator Jason Botchford, a Coquitlam resident, died over the weekend of apparent heart failure.
The announcement was made Wednesday, May 1, by TSN 1040’s Mike Halford and Jason Brough.
“Our co-worker, our cohort and our great friend Jason Botchford has passed away,” said Halford.
By Thursday, a GoFundMe campaign was set up to raise money for Botchford’s wife, Kathryn, and the couple's three young children to help out with the family’s various expenses, including an education fund.
By Saturday, the fund has raised more than $80,000 for the Burke Mountain residents.
Botchford was a popular voice in Vancouver sports, first covering the Vancouver Canucks and the National Hockey League for The Province.
The 48-year-old was also a regular on TSN radio and the newtwork's TV segment ‘That’s Hockey.’
In a statement posted to The Athletic, Botchford’s family said they took solace in the outpouring of support from fans both on Twitter, where Botchford had a strong following, and on the radio.
"We are deeply touched by the overwhelming support from friends, family and fans.”