Terez Paylor

Another prominent sports journalist has passed away young. That would be Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports, who the company announced Tuesday had died at 37:

Paylor had been covering the Super Bowl and the aftermath as normal for Yahoo this week. He was a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter, and had previously worked for The Kansas City Star from 2006-2018 before joining Yahoo. Here’s more on him from Star obituary by Herbie Teope:

Former Kansas City Star award-winning reporter Terez Paylor passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday. He was 37.

A proud native of Detroit, Paylor joined The Star as a sportswriter in May 2006 shortly after graduating from Howard University with a degree in print journalism.

He covered high school sports from 2006 to 2012, as well as the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League, progressed to the Sporting KC beat covering Major League Soccer, and then moved to Columbia, Missouri, to cover the University of Missouri athletics program for 19 months.

In 2011 and 2012, Paylor contributed to Top 10 award-winning projects for The Star, as honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors organization.

Because of his tireless commitment and proven record of excellence, The Star in 2013 promoted Paylor to the Chiefs beat, where he quickly established himself as an authoritative voice locally and nationally with stellar wall-to-wall coverage of Kansas City’s NFL team and the rest of the league.

Many further tributes to Paylor poured in on Twitter:

As Lee notes there, there have been just an incredible amount of prominent sports media figures lost in the last year-plus, from Aschoff to McClure to Smith to Wesseling to Gomez to Mel Antonen, Anthony Causi, Maura Mandt and more. Paylor is yet another big loss for the sports world. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

[Yahoo Sports on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.