Former ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff had an aggressive form of cancer when he died on Christmas Eve, his fiancée revealed Wednesday.
Katy Berteau said she only learned of the diagnosis after his death when the hospital delivered the final results from his lung biopsy.
“Unbeknownst to us, Edward had stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his lungs,” Berteau wrote from Aschoff’s Twitter account.
“This is an aggressive type of cancer that is usually undetectable until it is very advanced.”
Berteau said pneumonia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — which Aschoff was suffering from at the time of his death — can trigger HLH, a rare disease that attacks the immune system.
Aschoff was also receiving treatment for HLH before he died.
Berteau said the development “has helped me knowing that his passing was inevitable, and I’m at least grateful he didn’t have to go through the painful treatment and drawn out process of battling the disease.”
She added: “He wouldn’t have wanted to go out like that. His ass was too vain.”
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