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Famed NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

Craig Sager, known for his flamboyant outfits while reporting on the sidelines of the top NBA games, has died. Sager was undergoing treatment for leukemia.

Craig Sager, who covered the National Basketball Association for Turner Sports for 26 seasons, died Thursday, aged 65, having undergone treatment for leukemia.

Sager was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2014 and underwent bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy. Sager missed the 2014-15 NBA season while undergoing treatment and receiving a bone marrow transplant from his son, Craig Jr. After Sager's leukemia was initially put into remission, it returned in March 2016. Sager continued to work during treatment.

"If I didn't do this, I'd just be sitting in some hospital bed somewhere hooked up to some IVs, slowly withering away," Sager told GQ magazine in May.

Sager became well known for his tough questioning on the sidelines, as well as his suits of all colors on the spectrum. Former basketball player Kevin Garnett once told Sager to burn an entire outfit on air. His fashion statement made him an icon on the court.

Players from around professional basketball expressed their condolences.

Sager covered a wide range of sports, including baseball, American football, soccer, tennis, horse racing, auto racing and more.

kbd/rc (AP, Reuters)