Salt Lake Bees Broadcaster Steve Klauke Dies at 69 After Auto-Pedestrian Collision

Salt Lake Bees Broadcaster Steve Klauke Dies at 69 After Auto-Pedestrian Collision
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Steve Klauke, the leg­endary for­mer broad­cast­er for the Triple‑A Salt Lake Bees, died on Mon­day at the age of 69 after being struck by a vehi­cle in a auto-pedes­tri­an col­li­sion in Sandy, Utah. Klauke had worked for the Bees for 29 years before retir­ing at the end of last season.

Accord­ing to local author­i­ties, Klauke was cross­ing the street when he was hit by a pick­up truck mak­ing a right-hand turn. He was rushed to the hos­pi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion but lat­er suc­cumbed to his injuries. The dri­ver of the truck remained at the scene and coop­er­at­ed with investigators.

Klauke was a beloved fig­ure in the Utah sports com­mu­ni­ty, not just for his long tenure as the voice of the Bees, but also for his work with the NBA’s Utah Jazz broad­cast team. The Jazz expressed their con­do­lences, call­ing Klauke a “leg­endary sports broad­cast­er” who was “admired and loved by many.”

The Salt Lake Bees also released a state­ment, describ­ing Klauke as an “incred­i­ble broad­cast­er, amaz­ing friend and devot­ed hus­band and father” who will for­ev­er be remem­bered as “the voice of the Bees.”

Klauke’s trag­ic pass­ing has sent shock­waves through the local sports land­scape, with many fans and col­leagues tak­ing to social media to express their grief and pay trib­ute to the broad­cast­ing icon.

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