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Veteran NFL writer Don Banks dies in Canton-area hotel after attending Hall of Fame ceremonies

Pro Football Hall of Fame
Posted at 8:17 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 08:47:12-04

CANTON, Ohio — Veteran NFL writer and reporter Don Banks died Sunday at the age of 57 while in Canton covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement,according to Las Vegas Review Journal.

Paramedics were called to the hotel room where Banks was staying in North Canton. He was found unresponsive and pronounced dead, according to the Review Journal.

His wife confirmed Sunday morning to the Review Journal that he died in his sleep.

Banks was hired in July by the Las Vegas Review-Kournal to cover the NFL. His first pieced published on Sunday was about how "Hard Knocks" impacted the 2018 Cleveland Browns.

Banks was well-known in the sports world after having spent 17 years working for Sports Illustrated. Most recently, he spent time reporting for The Athletic and Patriots.com.

The New England Patriots expressed their condolences to his family in a tweet on Sunday.

His former employer, The Athletic said, "he will be missed greatly."

Banks is survived by his wife and two sons, Matt, 28, and Micah, 21, from a previous marriage, according to the Review Journal.