DETROIT, MI – Detroit radio personality Jamie Samuelsen died on Saturday night after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 48 years old.
He survived his wife, Christy McDonald, and three children, Caroline, 16; Josh, 14 years old; and Catherine, 11.
Earlier in the week, host 97.1 The Ticket revealed to listeners that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer almost two years ago.
According to The Ticket, Samuelsen said he waited to make his fight against cancer public because he wanted his relationships with listeners to be as usual.
“Every morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio microphone and got to talk about sports,”
Samuelsen, who is also a frequent guest of the FOX 2 SportsWorks round table, has been on the radio of Detroit’s sports conference radio for 25 years. It has been with 97.1 the ticket since 2012.
One of Samuelsen’s presenters on radio and television, Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski, announced death on Twitter Saturday evening on behalf of the family. Wojnowski called Samuelsen “the best damned friend you can have”.
Samuelsen fans and friends shared memories and photos, including WXYZ Detroit reporter Ross Jones who described Samuelsen as “mischievously funny” and “extremely intelligent”.
“We didn’t deserve a talent like Jamie Samuelsen, who has been blessed in everything except the years,” tweeted Jones.
Detroit Tigers’ official Twitter account has joined community support for Samuelsen’s family on social media.
“Jamie has dedicated himself to his art and we will miss his enthusiasm for our cities and sports franchises. Our thoughts and hearts are with Jamie’s family and friends on The Ticket, “the team tweeted on Saturday night.
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