HBO SPORTS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FRANK DEFORD
Frank Deford joined HBO Sports in the spring of 1995. He was the senior correspondent for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel which premiered in April 1995. Frank’s report in the inaugural edition chronicled life in Augusta, GA outside of The Masters. It was called “The American Singapore.” Frank worked on the series for more than two decades, delivering 119 segments that were told in a unique and personal style. In addition to his reporting on Real Sports, Frank served as a feature reporter at Wimbledon in the ‘90s and as the writer for a host of HBO Sports documentary specials, including “Bill Russell: My Life, My Way” and “Rebels of Oakland: The A’s, the Raiders, the ‘70s.” He was an integral member of the HBO Sports family for 22 years.
Statement from Bryant Gumbel, host of Real Sports:
“I’m stunned by Frank’s passing. Yes, he’d been ill, but just a week ago, he’d joked to me about finally being released from the hospital. In addition to being an immense talent, he was a consummate gentleman, a dear friend, and a beloved, original member of our Real Sports family. Frank was a giant in the world of sports. His loss is immeasurable.”