Michael Johnson, son of "Inside the NBA" host Ernie Johnson, died Friday. He was 33.
Ernie confirmed the news on social media, saying the family was "grieving" but grateful to have 33 years with Michael.
Johnson explained in his Instagram post that Michael, who was adopted from Romania, was diagnosed with duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder in which muscles degenerate over time.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association shared Michael's story in a 2015 video.
It's unclear if Johnson will take time away from his broadcasting duties following Michael's death.
NBA, sports world pay tribute to Michael Johnson
The NBA paid tribute to Michael on Saturday. The league also sent "heartfelt condolences" to Ernie, his wife Cheryl and the rest of the Johnson family.
The NBA mourns the passing of Michael Johnson, the son of Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson. Michael was admired by so many around the league for his remarkable courage and perseverance. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Cheryl and their family during this difficult time.
— NBA (@NBA) October 30, 2021
Turner Sports PR also put out a statement, calling Michael "a true hero who uplifted and brought joy to everyone he touched."
— TurnerSportsPR (@TurnerSportsPR) October 30, 2021
On Saturday, MLB Communications also put out a tweet sending condolences to Johnson and his family. In addition to hosting "Inside the NBA," Johnson also serves as an MLB announcer on TBS.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) October 31, 2021
Our family is so grateful for your kindness and compassion. https://t.co/zowhJAPVtg
— Ernie Johnson (@TurnerSportsEJ) October 30, 2021
The love and devotion @TurnerSportsEJ and Cheryl gave their son Michael was an honor and a joy to witness and share. Our hearts are with Ernie and the Johnson family as they grieve the loss of their beautiful son. May their story continue with the sweetest of memories. pic.twitter.com/siEaniWCiN
— E60 (@E60) October 30, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Ernie and the entire Johnson family. https://t.co/Kf40dCFyxJ
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) October 30, 2021