"Ed was one of the smartest, brightest reporters I've ever had the pleasure of working with", ESPN executive editor Lauren Reynolds said, according to the article. "Our thoughts are with his loved ones, including his fiancée Katy".
In 2016, he and fellow ESPN reporter Adam Rittenberg won a Football Writers Association of America contest for an enterprise story about racial tension in college football, the sports network noted in its obituary.
Word of Aschoff's death devastated his ESPN colleagues and others who knew him, including sports figures, and many posted tributes and remembrances on social media.
During the last three seasons, he reported for ESPN.com, SportsCenter, SEC Network and ESPN Radio, as well as working as a sideline reporter, CNN noted, attributing the information to a statement from ESPN. He smiled with his entire being, loved his fiancee and family, and brought joy to the job. He attended the University of Florida. "Having pneumonia is pretty awful", Aschoff admitted.
Aschoff and his fiancee, Katy Berteau, were due to be married in April in New Orleans.
"Having pneumonia is pretty bad". Aschoff had asked for advice from anyone who had suffered from "multifocal (bilateral) pneumonia" on December 5, just days after covering Michigan-Ohio State on November 30 in Ann Arbor. "Days are getting better but nights are basically fever and coughing and sweating". "You will be missed!"
Aside from athletics, Aschoff was passionate about another figure in entertainment - Godzilla.
He was able to attend the Los Angeles premiere for the film with his fiancée to see his big-screen appearance, and he even got to meet one of the movie's stars (and the fan's Friday Night Lights idol), Kyle Chandler.