Berman's wife dies in traffic accident

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Longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman and his two children, Meredith and Douglas, say they are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received in the wake of Katherine Berman's death on Tuesday.

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and sympathy from so many folks we know, and so many others we look forward to knowing", the Berman family told ESPN in a statement on Wednesday, May 10. "It certainly warmed ours", the family added.

According to a police report cited by the Hartford Courant, Berman's auto rear-ended a vehicle driven by 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, who also died. Both cars were completely totaled, with her own being left overturned and off the road. The other victim was identified by police as Edward Bertulis, 87, of Waterbury.

Chris and Kathy were married in 1983, just a few years after he reportedly faked auto trouble to be able to ask his future wife out on a date. Bertulis' daughter Nancy has released a statement saying that at the time of the crash Bertulis was driving from the cemetery where he made daily visits to his wife's grave.

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ESPN's sportscaster turned 62-years-old the day after his wife was killed in a auto accident.

"This is a devastating tragedy and hard to comprehend", said ESPN president John Skipper.

He stepped down as host of "Sunday NFL Countdown" after 31 seasons in January but remains with the network in an updated role after signing a new contract. Kathy Berman died the day before Chris' 62nd birthday. "He had five children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren".

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