DETROIT – Longtime Detroit sports writer and radio host Jamie Samuelsen died Saturday, The Ticket reported.
Samuelsen had announced Monday that he had been fighting colon cancer since 2019.
“Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports,” Samuelsen said. “I needed the escape from cancer, just like so many of our listeners who face hardships, grief and illness, too -- they turned to us in the morning for some levity in this crazy world. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved.
He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and three children.
Samuelsen has been a Detroit sports media staple since 1994, when he first joined WDFN. He joined 97.1 in 2012 and had been co-hosting “Jamie and Stoney” since 2016.
Everything you’re going to read and hear about Jamie Samuelsen is on the money - he was just the best - as a broadcaster, of course. But as a man, husband and father, he was a man in full. And gone too soon. Love and peace to his wife and family @ChristyTV and @971theticketxyt— Devin Scillian (@DevinScillian) August 1, 2020
I am so sad and sorry to pass this along, at the family's request. Jamie Samuelsen, the best damn friend you could ever have, a tremendous broadcaster on @971theticketxyt passed away tonight at 48. He was surrounded by his wonderful family, and he went peacefully.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) August 1, 2020
I am heartbroken by the passing of my great longtime friend and radio partner Jamie Samuelsen. He was one of a kind. Smart, kind and had a great sense of humor. He battled this for over 19 months.I will miss him dearly. Love you always James K.— michael stone (@stoney16) August 2, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear the news about Jamie. My prayers are with his family and friends. He was a voice that touched so many lives and will be missed. Jamie, thank you for welcoming me to the 97.1 Family. I'm gonna miss you. pic.twitter.com/rOxef89N6r— Rico Beard (@RicoBeard) August 2, 2020
Heartbroken to hear the tragic news we have lost another voice far too soon.— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) August 2, 2020
I had the pleasure of getting to know Jamie Samuelson during my early years at WDFN & FOX 2, as he quickly become a trusted friend and colleague.
He will be missed tremendously. Rest easy, my friend. pic.twitter.com/XdHQ8aumPR