New England lost a legend today when longtime Boston Globe journalist Nick Cafardo died suddenly when he was visiting the Red Sox spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida this morning. Cafardo was a very respected journalist who had covered the Red Sox and Patriots for many years. Nick started working for the Boston Globe in 1989 and was also a regular contributor on NESN and the MLB Network. Cafardo was named Massachusetts Sports Writer of the Year in 2014.
According to the Globe, Cafardo was at JetBlue Park, the spring training home of the Red Sox on his day off. “He was apparently stricken by an embolism at the park, and members of the Sox medical team were unable to revive him,” the Globe said.
According to an eyewitness, Cafardo was walking down a path when he collapsed and hit his head on a sidewalk.
Cafardo was celebrating his 30th year covering the team for the Boston Globe after beginning his career with the Patriot Ledger.
WCVB’s Mike Lynch called Cafardo “one of the most respected columnists in any city.”
“All of us that work in the world of sports and news are very sad right now,” Lynch said.
The Globe reports Cafardo is survived by his wife Leeanne, and two children, Ben and Emilee.
Nick Cafardo was one of the best beat guys I’ve come across. He was loved by everyone. Today’s news was tough to hear. I feel awful.
— Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni) February 21, 2019
I absolutely loved this man. Nick Cafardo was one of the greatest people I've ever met in this business, and such a dear friend. Absolutely heartbreaking. The sports world lost a great one, and I can't tell you how much we will miss him. https://t.co/G6b0xcws9s
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 21, 2019
Just awful. I’m sick to my stomach hearing this. I loved talking to Nick at Fenway. I loved reading his work. I’m so sorry for his family. He’ll be missed.
Veteran Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo dies at 62 – The Boston Globe https://t.co/eopsfyZVv9
— Raul Martinez (@RaulNBCBoston) February 21, 2019