Late ESPN Football Reporter Vaughn McClure Honored at Falcons-Panthers TNF Faceoff

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Late ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure is being honored during Thursday night’s NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

McClure died earlier this month at age 48, PEOPLE previously reported, at his home near Atlanta, Georgia. His cause of death has not been publicly released.

Beloved by his colleagues at ESPN and the NFL, McClure was a beat reporter covering the Falcons.

Earlier this week, the Falcons announced that a tribute would be set up for McClure at his spot in the press box at Mercedes-Benz stadium for the rest of the season.

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“A passion for his craft and the relationships that he held. Vaughn McClure will have his seat for the remainder of the season in @MBStadium,” the team tweeted on Sunday ahead of the game against the Detroit Lions, who ended up winning 23-22.

Late ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure is being honored during Thursday night’s NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.

McClure died earlier this month at age 48, PEOPLE previously reported, at his home near Atlanta, Georgia. His cause of death has not been publicly released.

Beloved by his colleagues at ESPN and the NFL, McClure was a beat reporter covering the Falcons.

Earlier this week, the Falcons announced that a tribute would be set up for McClure at his spot in the press box at Mercedes-Benz stadium for the rest of the season.

“A passion for his craft and the relationships that he held. Vaughn McClure will have his seat for the remainder of the season in @MBStadium,” the team tweeted on Sunday ahead of the game against the Detroit Lions, who ended up winning 23-22.

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Included in the tweet was a photo of the tribute, which had a framed photo of the reporter, a vase of flowers, a monitor and McClure’s press badges.

On Thursday, the Carolina Panthers followed suit as the team hosted the Falcons at their Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

“Thanks to @Panthers for saving a seat for and this beautiful tribute to our guy Vaughn McClure at tonight’s game against the Falcons,” tweeted ESPN reporter Nick Wagoner on Thursday ahead of the game, sharing a photo of the tribute similar to the one in Atlanta.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Ashley Boucher