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Tom Hanneman’s Cause of Death Seems to be a Heart Attack


Tom Hanneman’s cause of death is reported as a heart attack. Tom Hanneman, 68, was a studio host for FSN and a longtime sports broadcaster in the Twin Cities.

Former WCCO sports anchor Mark Rosen announced the news during an appearance with KFAN radio Friday afternoon.

“Tom Hanneman passed away last night,” Mark Rosen said, noting that Hanneman died in his sleep. So, there are some unofficial reports saying that Tom Hanneman’s cause of death is a heart attack.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague Tom Hanneman,” FSN said in a statement.

Tom Hanneman, who attended the University of Minnesota, started his career at WCCO TV as a dispatcher. Tom Hanneman wrote a letter to WCCO anchor Dave Moore when he was still studying in college, and Dave Moore brought him in, helped improve his career.

After 16 years working at WCCO, he became a TV and radio host and on Minnesota Timberwolves broadcasts. After some time, he came to be the Wolves’ television play-by-play voice.

Moore gave him the opportunity, mentored him, and brought him up to a sports anchor at WCCO. Jim Petersen, who worked alongside Hanneman as an analyst on Wolves broadcasts, said that Tom always remembered and wanted to pay it forward.

Tom Hanneman’s Cause of Death Unofficially Announced; People React

Many people recalled Tom’s past work and indicated he was a breath of fresh air.

Here are some of the tributes poured on in social media from anyone who interacted with Hanneman for several decades.

In 2012, Tom Hanneman became the face of Fox Sports North, working as the host for the Timberwolves, Twins, Wild, and Gophers hockey pre-and postgame shows.

He also worked as the studio host of NBA Radio for four seasons, covering the NBA Game of the Week, NBA All-Star Weekend, and expanded NBA playoff and draft coverage.

Hanneman was awarded the Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter Silver Circle in November 2020.

Sport broadcaster, Tom Hanneman died at the age of 68

He was well known throughout the Twin Cities media, and among players he interacted with on the job as a genuinely lovely person.

Lynx owner Glen Taylor and Timberwolves released a statement: “First on radio, then moving to television, his more than five decades of broadcast experience impacted generations of basketball fans. Tom’s grace, spirit, and sense of humor were felt by all who came in contact with him.”

Pooh Richardson, a member of the Wolves’ original team in 1989-90, returned to Minneapolis, said one of Tom’s gifts was his sense of humor, which came in handy during meetings to talk about Timberwolves’ points during difficult times.

Petersen said Tom made life better. There is nobody to compare him in terms of his willingness to be selfless. “I was texting with him just a few days ago. I wish I could talk to my friend again. It’s just so sad.”

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