Longtime ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez died unexpectedly at his home Sunday afternoon, the company announced. He was 58 years old.
A renowned baseball reporter and familiar face on ESPN's platforms for nearly two decades, Gomez covered more than two dozen World Series over the course of his career and was widely regarded as one of the sport's premier reporters.
"Pedro was far more than a media personality," the Gomez family said in a statement provided by ESPN. "He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor. He was our everything and his kids’ biggest believer. He died unexpectedly at home this afternoon."
ESPN chairman James Pitaro said in a statement that the company was "shocked and saddened" by the news.
Pedro Gomez, a reporter for ESPN since 2003, has died at 58. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
"Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized," Pitaro said. "More importantly, Pedro was a kind, dear friend to us all. Our hearts are with Pedro’s family and all who love him at this extraordinarily difficult time."
The son of Cuban refugees, Gomez grew up in Miami and majored in journalism at the University of Miami. He got his start as a baseball reporter in newspapers, including stints at the Miami News, San Diego Union, San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald and Sacramento Bee.
In 1997, Gomez became a sports columnist and national baseball writer at The Arizona Republic, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. He moved to ESPN in 2003.
News of Gomez's death sparked a wave of tributes from friends and colleagues on social media.
"More than an elite journalist, Pedro Gomez was a good and decent man, so proud of his family, and his heritage," former longtime ESPN anchor Bob Ley wrote in one tweet. "His loss is a hammer blow to all who knew this life force. Send one up tonight for his family and friends."
We are shocked, crushed and grieving.
Pedro Gomez was such a good man and good friend. ? https://t.co/GzeYjLuuS3
Oh man… this is awful. Wonderful person. RIP Pedro Gomez … so brutally sad to hear. https://t.co/YenftyJJng
Pedro Gomez was an unbelievable person. I’m forever grateful for his friendship.
He was a trailblazing journalist. He opened the door for Latinos in sports tv.
I can’t even explain how sad I am right now. Rest In Peace, Mi Hermano ?? ?? https://t.co/hxMLWotLRP
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