Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him? American Newscaster Died At Age 66

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Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him? The sports media community suffered a great loss on Wednesday night when word spread that Fred Hickman had passed away at the age of 66.

A former nightly news anchor for the African-American cable news network Black News Channel, Fred Hickman was an American broadcaster.

Fred has also had positions at CNN, YES Network, TBS, and ESPN.

Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him?
 

Fred, who was born and reared in Springfield, Illinois, joined CNN’s Sports Tonight as an initial co-host in 1980 after completing his studies at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1978.

Hickman earned the New York Sports Emmy Award in 2004 in addition to the CableACE Awards in 1989 and 1993.

Fred was a CableACE (Award for Cable Excellence) nominee for outstanding sports host every year from 1988 to 1993. Hickman won the award in 1989 and 1993.

In 1993, the US Television Fan Association gave Fred the “sexiest sportscaster” award. Hickman was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 after receiving a New York Sports Emmy Award in 2004.

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Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him?

Fred Hickman, an American broadcaster, passed away unexpectedly. The sports media community is devastated by Fred’s unexpected passing. The cause of Fred Hickman’s passing has not yet been disclosed.

The heartbreaking news of Hickman’s passing was revealed by Hickman’s church. In addition to anchoring at CNN, Fred has served as an anchor for the YES Network in New York, FOX Sports, and ESPN. The late anchor was remembered by a number of his former coworkers.

Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him?
American Newscaster Fred Hickman died at the age of 66. (Source: Larry Brown Sports)

Fred became well-known for his work as a host on many local and cable programs. Fred was one of CNN’s original four sports anchors, along with Van Earl Wright, Nick Charles, and Jerome Jurenovich. Hickman and Charles rose to fame as co-hosts of “CNN Sports Tonight.”

Fred worked as an anchor for CNN and Turner networks, including TBS, for more than three decades. He was a sports anchor for ESPN from 2004 to 2008, working on programs like NBA Coast to Coast and Baseball Tonight as well as SportsCenter.

At the time of his passing, Hickman was the managing editor and an anchor for the Black News Channel.

American Newscaster Fred Hickman Died At The Age Of 66

The sports media community suffered a great loss on Wednesday night when it was revealed that Hickman had passed away at the age of 66.

Twitter has been awash with condolences to Hickman, a pioneer in sports journalism, from fans and former coworkers (with some fans noting that Charles passed away in 2011).

“@FHickmannews, I recently found out about Fred Hickman’s demise. Future African-American journalists owe Fred. When he joined CNN in its infancy, he paved the way for all of us.

On my birthday last Friday, he called, but I chose not to answer. Icon no longer exists. A fan tweeted, “Pray for his family.

Fred Hickman Obituary: What Happened To Him?
People worldwide shared their heartfelt sympathies in response to the news of Fred Hickman’s passing. (Source: Barrett Sports Media)

Fred’s longtime buddy Harrison Golden also shared a heartfelt message about his loss on social media.

Likewise, everyone who heard the news of his passing expressed their deepest condolences, paid tribute to him on social media, and shared his priceless memories.

During these trying times, our thoughts are also with Fred’s friends and family.

Before SportsCenter dominated the television market for sports news and highlights, many sports fans tuned into CNN to watch Sports Tonight.

Fred Hickman and Nick Charles, anchors for CNN Sports, became regulars on many American television sets in the early 1980s.

Some of us had the CNN Sports: Play of the Day VHS, which contained amazing sports footage, even before we had access to YouTube.

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