The NFL Network has confirmed that it is “shocked” and “heartbroken” by the death of a longtime friend, who passed away in April at the age of 50.
The network, which began in 2004, has been named the fifth most popular sports media network in the world in 2016.
It had more than 100 million unique visitors in the first half of 2017, according to Nielsen.
It is the network’s third year on the list, following ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS.
The network also is in the midst of a transition from Fox Sports 1 to Fox Sports 2.
In a statement released to ESPN, the network said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of former NFL Network host Steve Wyche, who died in April of this year.
He was an incredibly talented and engaging host, and we have lost a great broadcaster who will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and friends during this time.”
It was announced on Sunday that Wyche was diagnosed with dementia in May 2016, just months before he died.
He hosted the network for five years and was known for his biting wit and playful nature, according the network.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and loved ones at this time, and with all of Steve’s many friends and colleagues,” the statement read.
In May, Wyche and his wife, JoAnn, were among the first people to be honored at the NFL’s annual fan day at AT&T Stadium.