Rest in peace, John Saunders.

Saunders, an ESPN broadcaster, passed away at the age of 61 on Wednesday. He was with the network for nearly 30 years and was a founding member of The V Foundation For Cancer Research.

Saunders also briefly played for the Western Michigan hockey team, which honored him on social media:

"John Saunders represented everything that was good in a human being. He was all about family and helping people," college basketball icon Dick Vitale said of his colleague. "He was as good as it gets and he had deep loyalty and love for others. His work with The V Foundation was so special -- he loved Jimmy V and poured his heart and soul into the cause.

"He was always willing to share and give, and he played a vital role in the success of helping so many. I can't believe this stunning and horrible news. He will be forever in our thoughts."

Our thoughts are with Saunders' family in these trying times.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.