ESPN mourns colleague during Australian Open

Posted on Jan 26 2016 - 8:00am by

As ESPN geared up for its Australian Open coverage Monday, broadcaster Chris Fowler issued a heartfelt eulogy to a colleague who died of a heart attack.

Ted Brown, a 36-year-old graphics producer for ABC’s “College Football Primetime” and the National Championship Game, was in Melbourne when he suffered a fatal heart attack at his hotel Sunday.

Ted Brown, an ESPN graphics producer, died Sunday after suffering a fatal heart attack in Melbourne.Facebook

Ted Brown, an ESPN graphics producer, died Sunday after suffering a fatal heart attack in Melbourne.

“We are grieving today. We are sad and in shock,” said Fowler, speaking on behalf of Brown’s crewmembers. “Ted Brown suffered a heart attack and could not be revived.”

Brown, a resident of Connecticut, had been based in Melbourne for the two-week tournament where Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova Tuesday.

Broadcaster Chris Fowler spoke on behalf of fellow ESPN employees to remember Ted Brown, who died of a heart attackESPN

Broadcaster Chris Fowler spoke on behalf of fellow ESPN employees to remember Ted Brown, who died of a heart attack

Brown was in good health, Fowler explained. His death came as a surprise to ESPN employees, who remembered their friend as a “complete professional” and an excellent karaoke singer.

“You’ve seen and appreciated Ted’s work even if you didn’t realize it,” Fowler added. “When confronted with something like this, Ted would have tried to get on with his job the best way he could and that’s what we will do.”

Brown is survived by his wife, Erin, who was “half a world away in Connecticut” when her husband died, and Henry, the couple’s toddler.

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