Chris Chase with his family.

One of the longstanding voices in online sportswriting is gone. Chris Chase, who passed away at 37 Wednesday, worked at Yahoo from the 2008 Olympics through early 2013 before leaving to become one of the founding members of USA Today’s For The Win, and worked for them before heading to Fox Sports. He was caught up in the Fox Sports digital layoffs in June 2017, but returned to USA Today after that. Here’s more on Chase from an obituary from Mike Fosss (previously the cofounder of FTW and VP of news properties at Fox Sports, he’s now the senior director of digital and social production for ESPN) that was posted at FTW:

USA TODAY Sports columnist Chris Chase passed away this morning. He was 37.

A longtime Maryland resident, Chase was a swim coach at his alma mater Winston Churchill High School and a school teacher before beginning his career in journalism. He covered the 2008 Summer Olympics for Yahoo!, providing an unrivaled blend of analysis and wit that would become a trademark in his writing for the next decade.

Chase was a founding member of For The Win, where he was responsible for approximately half the lists ever written on the site. There were few topics Chase would back down from, and his encyclopedic knowledge became indispensable to his colleagues.

…While readers may have gotten a visceral reaction to some of his words, fellow writers and editors admired him deeply for his tireless work ethic, his fearlessness in making an argument, and the care he showed to his co-workers.

He could be acerbic on the page, but there were few people more loving in person. He was happy to toss off an angry reader with a caustic remark, but he was a man who loved his wife, daughter, family, and friends fiercely.

A GoFundMe has been set up by Matt Ryan (formerly director of audience development at Yahoo, currently senior director of digital strategy at USA Today Sports Media Group) to help Chase’s family, and has raised nearly $4,000 pf its $25,000 goal in a few hours. Here’s what Ryan wrote on that page:

Chris Chase left this world way too soon. Words cannot express how much we all miss him. Anyone who knew Chris, anyone who worked with him, or read his work knows he was never short on words. Chris was one of the most creative and brightest minds in the sports media world and the most tireless worker I’ve ever seen. He was always so positive — unless it came to the Redskins. But mostly, he was a great person with a kind heart and a great friend and family man. I am proud to have known him over the years and help spread his voice to the masses. Please help me raise this money on behalf of his beautiful wife Alison and their amazing young daughter Anna.

And here are some of the many tributes to Chase from colleagues:

From this corner, Chris was a highly-valued colleague when we both were at Yahoo, always appreciated for his depth of knowledge on everything from the Olympics to the NFL to tennis and more. He was always extremely generous with his time and feedback, and that continued even after we weren’t at the same company. He’ll be missed, and our thoughts go out to his family and friends. The GoFundMe to help support his family is here.

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