Longtime ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez died suddenly Sunday. He was 58. The network announced Gomez’s death during Super Bowl 55.
The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Gomez, a Miami native, joined the network in 2003 to cover MLB. He previously worked for the Sacramento Bee, Miami Herald, San Jose Mercury News, San Diego Union-Tribune and Arizona Republic.
He traveled to Cuba for MLB’s historic exhibitions in Havana in 2016. The journey was as much personal as professional: Gomez’s parents emigrated from Cuba as refugees, and Gomez left his father and brother’s ashes in the country.
The news left co-workers and many others in sports media stunned. Their deep admiration for Gomez came through in their reactions on Twitter.
What? This is soul crushing. Pedro was a great reporter, and a better friend. I don’t have the words. This is horrible. This is just horrible.
— Jay Harris (@JayHarrisESPN) February 8, 2021
So saddened by this news. Such a loss. Prayers to his family. I always valued Pedro’s friendship. Such a professional and a talent. This is a real tough one. RIP.
— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) February 8, 2021
A pro’s pro and a wonderful, generous colleague. Stunned and in sorrow.
— Bonnie D. Ford (@Bonnie_D_Ford) February 8, 2021
Crushed. Pedro was an amazing person. I loved talking family , hoops and Miaimi sports with him. RIP. This is cruel and heartbreaking. RIP Pedro.
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) February 8, 2021
Just floored! Pedro was one of the kindest men I’ve come across. Prayers to his family 🙏🏿
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) February 8, 2021
Absolutely heartbroken. As nice a guy as he was an ace reporter. Always kind when we crossed paths. Devastated for his wife and kids. RIP
— Marc Kestecher (@marckestecher) February 8, 2021
Devastating to hear. One of the nicest human beings. An all-time human being.
— Anish Shroff (@AnishESPN) February 8, 2021
Devastating. Pedro was warm, kind, and excellent at his craft. He was full of love for his family and so proud of their accomplishments. I will always appreciate him making me feel like a longtime member of the team even at my first spring training. We will miss you Pedro. RIP.
— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) February 8, 2021
Devastating. Pedro was the kindest soul. He genuinely lit up a room, a 2 shot, an interview.. he loved baseball and it was clear in how he shared that with us. I have no words.
— Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) February 8, 2021
Gomez’s son Rio is a pitcher in the Red Sox organization.