Alan Massengale, one of ESPN’s earliest anchors, passed away at the age of 63 after a long battle with colon cancer, KCBS reported. Massengale was diagnosed more than six years ago, and was placed on life support after suffering a fall that led to a brain bleed.
Massengale was a SportsCenter anchor back in the 80s. He was also the first SC anchor to report live from The Masters, Indianapolis 500 and the Boston Marathon. But his career spanned FOX Sports and Los Angeles TV stations KCBS and KCAL 9 as well.
At KCBS, Massengale served as the first host of CBSLA’s “Sports Central” show, a position he held for a decade. During his time with KCAL 9, he hosted the Los Angeles Lakers pre and postgame shows alongside NBA Hall of Famer, and Laker great, James Worthy.
An avid boxing fan, Massengale also did plenty of ringside coverage for World Series of Boxing, RingTV and Golden Boy Promotions.
Following his 2015 cancer diagnosis, the longtime sportscaster became a standout voice advocating for colonoscopies and preventative checks, even for those as young as 35.
Massengale received a number of kind messages following his untimely passing. Our thoughts are certainly with his family, friends and media family at this time.
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