Bears Reporter John Moon Mullin Passed Away
We are so heartbroken to announce that ex-Chicago Tribune reporter who for years covered the Bears, John Moon Mullin passed away in the early hours of Sunday (June 19, 2022) at the age of 74.
We send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones during the sad time. May the legend rest in heaven.
The tragic death news was announced and confirmed by Dan Pompei, an ex-Chicago Tribune sportswriter and now a writer for The Athletic, in a statement shared on Twitter, saying, “Our dear friend John “Moon” Mullin passed peacefully this afternoon. He was surrounded by loved ones. He made it a better world, and his spirit will with us.”
Dan also reacted to the news in another statement, adding, “He remained unfailingly positive. From the very start, his head was in the right place in terms of his priorities and his approach to a life-threatening illness. He recognized this as a period of growth for him. … And he somehow found his way to a better place.”
Moon always spoke about how much he learned from opening the paper, noticing a note you had he didn’t, and thinking “how the hell did Dan get that?” He passed those lessons on to countless other young reporters.
Moon loved to share stories of how he and fellow Bears beat reporters would push band-aids over cube walls at Halas Hall media room when someone beat someone else with an exclusive note or story angle. He named their owies.
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During his last weeks, as a stream of family members, friends and former sports media colleagues came to his bedside at Lake Forest Hospital, John “Moon” Mullin remained full of resilience, positivity, and gratitude. One after another, each visitor left inspired by Mullin’s strength and impressed with his grace.
From the day he was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in 2019, Mullin set his mind on fighting his battle with a positive attitude, beginning a push to squeeze the most from whatever time he had left. He was still extremely engaged in that quest until the end.
Our team does not confirm any rumors about the news, but you can be sure that we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible; but, do not forget that family privacy should be respected.
A graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles and the University of Dayton, Mullin was a well-known and respected figure in the Chicago sports media landscape for decades with his most prominent contributions coming on the Chicago Bears beat. He covered the team from the final stretch of the Mike Ditka era into the early stages of Matt Nagy’s tenure as coach.
Mullin began his sports reporting career at the Daily Herald in the early 1990s, later spent over a decade at the Tribune, and finally became the Bears insider for Comcast Sports Net Chicago in 2009.
During one of his final hospital visits with Mullin, Pompei found himself feeling encouraged and energized amid the most sobering of events.
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“He talked so much about gratitude and blessings and what a great life he had had,” Pompei said. “He was heartfelt in expressing his thanks for my friend and for all the people who were coming to see him. … You sat there so sad because of all that was happening to him. But you walked away uplifted because he had found his way to such a good place emotionally and spiritually.”
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