The fiancée of ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff thanked people for their support and explained how he died on his 34th birthday.
Aschoff died Tuesday and ESPN said he had passed after a brief illness. Aschoff had tweeted about having pneumonia. His fiancée, Katy Berteau, explained he was admitted to a hospital a week after they first went to the emergency room. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in several parts of his lungs.
Antibiotics didn’t work and his symptoms got worse, she wrote on Instagram. Doctors also diagnosed him with HLH (hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis), a rare autoimmune disorder.
She wrote that HLH “is an unregulated, over-activation of the immune system that causes it to attack itself and other healthy tissues. Within three days of being moved into the ICU, he passed.”
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Hey y’all, this is Katy, Edward’s fiancé. Firstly, I want to say thank you to everyone who has expressed their sympathies, condolences, and prayers for me and his family and friends. The outpouring of love, admiration, and gratitude for his life have been so incredible, and have helped me through these last few days. It has brought me brief moments of joy in this darkness to see all the pictures, videos, and memories of all the lives he touched. I couldn’t be more proud that the one thing people are talking about most was his ability to lift them up with his energy, light, and that all-encompassing smile. I also want to take this opportunity to provide more clarity about his passing. As a journalist, it was of the utmost importance to him that stories be accurate. Edward was admitted to the hospital a week after our first visit to the ER, where he was diagnosed with multi focal pneumonia. After failed antibiotic treatment, with worsening of symptoms, we took him back to the ER and he was immediately admitted. After many tests, including bone marrow and lung biopsies, treatment was started for a presumed diagnosis of HLH, which is an unregulated, over-activation of the immune system that causes it to attack itself and other healthy tissues. Within three days of being moved into the ICU, he passed. I want to share the brightness that he showed, even up until the last day he was awake. He kept the doctors and nurses constantly laughing, and always made a point to thank them and tell them what a great job they were doing. He also loved Christmas so much that even from the ICU he was coordinating with my friend about wrapping my presents so I could be surprised. He loved people with his entire being. We are still working on the details for his services, but there will be a small memorial in Oxford, MS, and a main service will be held in Atlanta, GA. I will share details as soon as I can. Thank you all again for loving him as much as he loved you.
Aschoff and Berteau were to be married in New Orleans in April, ESPN said.