DETROIT, MI – Detroit radio personality Jamie Samuelsen died Saturday night after a two-year battle with colon cancer. He was 48 years old.
He is survived by his wife, Christy McDonald, and three children, Caroline, 16; Josh, 14; and Catherine, 11 years old.
Earlier in the week, host 97.1 The Ticket revealed to listeners that he was diagnosed with colon cancer almost two years ago.
According to The Ticket, Samuelsen said he waited to go public with his battle with cancer because he wanted his relationship with listeners to go as usual.
“Every morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the microphone on the radio and started talking about sports,” Samuelsen said. “I needed to escape cancer, just like so many of our listeners who are facing trials, grief and disease, they looked to us in the morning for some levity in this crazy world. So I wanted to keep having fun and not let cancer stop me from doing what I loved. Getting in touch with listeners, laughing, teasing Stoney, it all helped me to be normal, while still struggling with this disease.
Samuelsen, who is also a frequent guest at the FOX 2 SportsWorks Roundtable, has been on Detroit Sports Talk Radio for 25 years. He is with 97.1 the ticket since 2012.
One of Samuelsen’s radio and television co-hosts, Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski, announced the death on Twitter Saturday night on behalf of the family. Wojnowski called Samuelsen “the best friend you can have”.
Samuelsen fans and friends shared memories and photos, including WXYZ Detroit reporter Ross Jones who described Samuelsen as “terribly funny” and “supremely smart.”
“We didn’t deserve a talent like Jamie Samuelsen, who has been blessed in everything but years,” Jones tweeted.
The official Detroit Tigers Twitter account has joined the community’s support for Samuelsen’s family on social media.
“Jamie was dedicated to his craft and we will regret his enthusiasm for our city & sports franchises. Our hearts and hearts go out to the family and friends of Jamie at The Ticket, ”the team tweeted on Saturday night.
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