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Tim Rosaforte’s Death after Battle with Alzheimer’s Disease

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“Golf’s Insider,” Golf Channel & NBC sports announcer Tim Rosaforte’s cause of death has been announced after his death on January 11, 2022. May he rest in peace.

Rosaforte passed away Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a post on the Golf Channel website.

He retired in December 2019 after a career that spanned more than 40 years in magazines, newspapers, books, and television.

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PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced the sad news in a statement, saying, “The PGA Tour family lost a friend today in Tim Rosaforte, one of the great golf journalists of his generation.

“Tim was an amazing storyteller and spent much of his energy on showcasing what sets golf apart from other sports — the people and the personalities.”

He continued: “A true professional, Tim always treated our organization and our athletes fairly, writing and speaking with opinion but without an agenda. He never stopped working the phones, ensuring that he not only got the story first, he got the story right.

“Those phone calls — and Tim’s gentle spirit — will be missed tremendously by all of us lucky enough to be a part of the greater golf community.”

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What’s Tim Rosaforte’s Cause of Death at 66?

Tim Rosaforte’s cause of death was related to his Alzheimer’s disease. The veteran writer and Golf Channel’ insider’ died at the age of 66.

Rosaforte officially joined Golf Channel in 2007, but he appeared on the network in the mid-1990s, during the company’s infancy.

In 2020, he became the 12th person to be appointed a PGA of America honorary member, joining a list that includes Dwight Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, and nine-time major champion Gary Player.

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NBC sports announcer Tim Rosaforte has sadly passed away at 66. RIP

Tim was honored with numerous awards over his career, and one of them was the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism.

The veteran journalist wrote for the Palm Beach Post, Tampa Times, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Golf Digest, and Sports Illustrated over his career.

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Reactions to Tim Rosaforte’s Death

After the sad news of Tim Rosaforte’s death was revealed, his friends and social media users flooded social media with tribute messages.

Craig Dolch wrote Tuesday, “Rosaforte rubbed shoulders with presidents, literally, and he had phone numbers to other heads of state. More important, he had access to the game’s superstars such as Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and anyone else who mattered.”

He continued: “Rosaforte had so many contacts, he walked around with two phones. Legendary announcer Jim Nantz said Rosaforte once had Woods on one line and Palmer on the other.”

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Beth Ann Nichols wrote: “Beautiful tribute on Tim Rosaforte on GC. What Eamon just said is so true. Tim always always had a word of encouragement for younger journalists. I looked up to him. I carried what he said with me, often surprised he even knew my name. Today, the industry mourns a great man.”

“There’s a lot of insiders in sports today, people like Adam Schefter, Peter Gammons, and Tim Kurkjian. If you go back 30 years, Tim was doing that before most of them,” Geoff Russell said.

“Tim Rosaforte was a titan of our industry. The insider’s insider. Treated everyone with the utmost respect. You won’t find anyone who’ll say a bad word about him, and that’s the strongest legacy anyone can leave. Alzheimer’s is the worst. This is brutal,” Dan Rapaport wrote.

“Heartbroken to hear the news of Tim Rosaforte’s passing. A golf media legend and the kindest soul who gave me his time and respect. It was an honor to have worked and learned from you,” Alexandra O’Laughlin said.

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