ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman’s wife was killed in a car crash in Woodbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday, May 9, the Associated Press reports. Find out more in the video above, and detailed below.
Katherine Ann Berman, 67, was involved in a two-vehicle crash around 2:15 p.m. local time. Police confirmed to the AP that Berman’s car struck the rear of an SUV and veered off the road and overturned in a body of water.
The driver of the other vehicle, 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, also died as a result of his injuries. Bertulis’ vehicle struck a utility pole during the collision.
Chris and Kathy tied the knot in 1983 and are parents of Meredith and Douglas.
“This is a devastating tragedy and difficult to comprehend,” John Skipper, president of ESPN, said in a statement. “Chris is beloved by all his ESPN colleagues and for good reason: He has a huge heart and has given so much to so many over the years. We know how much his family means to him and all we can do at a moment like this is give him the love and support he will surely need at this hour. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris, Meredith, Doug and the entire family.”
Berman joined ESPN in 1979. Several teams and players paid their respects following the news on social media. “Our thoughts are with Chris Berman and his family after the passing of his wife Kathy,” the official Baltimore Ravens Twitter account posted.
The Buffalo Bills added: “The Buffalo Bills are circling the wagons more than ever for Chris Berman and his family today.”
Read more reactions below:
Truly sad to hear Mrs. Kathy Berman is no longer with us. Praying for you Chris as I know you always told me she was your rock.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 10, 2017
Our thoughts are with Chris Berman and his family after the passing of his wife Kathy.
Statement from Coach Harbaugh: pic.twitter.com/UVW0ant1IA
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 10, 2017
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 10, 2017
My heart goes out to Chris Berman today after reports of the tragic death of his wife Kathy.She was a devoted Mom & rock in his life. RIP. ?
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) May 10, 2017
Our hearts are heavy at ESPN as we report the tragic news that Kathy Berman, the wife of Chris Berman, was killed in a car accident Tue.
— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) May 10, 2017