Ernie Johnson’s son, a Turner Sports announcer, passed away at 33. On Friday evening, Johnson tweeted about the passing of his son Michael.
Ernie Johnson wrote, “We are grieving and at the same time so grateful for having been witnesses to a miraculous 33 years with Michael.”
Michael Johnson had a progressive type of muscular dystrophy at birth, which led to breathing problems and necessitated a ventilator. He was one of Ernie Johnson’s six biological children and one of his wife Cheryl’s four adopted kids.
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“We are heartbroken over the passing of Cheryl and Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, a true hero who uplifted and brought joy to everyone he touched,” As stated in a statement by Turner Sports. “The family’s love, faith and commitment to one another will forever be an inspiration to us. Our deepest condolences are with Cheryl, Ernie and their family, friends and loved ones as we mourn with them.”
The NBA also tweeted a statement to the Johnson family offering its condolences.
The NBA mourns the passing of Michael Johnson, the son of Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson. Michael was admired by so many around the league for his remarkable courage and perseverance. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Cheryl and their family during this difficult time.
— NBA (@NBA) October 30, 2021
Since 1990, Ernie Johnson has hosted “Inside the NBA” on TNT.
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