“We are all saddened by the tragic passing of Sekou,” Turner Sports said in a statement. “His commitment to journalism and the basketball community was immense and his warm and engaging personality will be missed.”
Smith covered the NBA for more than two decades, including 11 years with Turner Sports, which, like CNN, is owned by WarnerMedia.
“The NBA mourns the passing of Sekou Smith, a beloved member of the NBA family. Sekou was one of the most gracious and dedicated journalists in the NBA and a wonderful friend to so many across the league.” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
“Sekou’s love for basketball was clear to everyone who knew him and he always shone in his job. Our sincere condolences go to his wife, Heather, and their children, Gabriel, Rielly and Cameron,” said Silver.
Smith began his journalism career as a sports reporter at Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1994, according to his Linkedin profile. He then worked for the Indianapolis Star and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for four years each before joining Turner Sports.
Smith is survived by his wife Heather and their three children Gabriel, Reilly and Cameron.