Former CNN anchor and Showtime play-by-play voice Nick Charles has succumbed to bladder cancer. He was 64.
Charles was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2009, and elected to stop chemotherapy treatment in December of last year. On Saturday, he “died peacefully, looking out at the spectacular land that drew him to Santa Fe” (cnn.com, 6/25).
From 2001 to 2010, Charles was the play-by-play voice for boxing telecasts on the Showtime network. His last assignment for Showtime came in December. In March, he expressed to Sports Illustrated a desire to call one more bout, and HBO gave him that opportunity later in the month.
Prior to joining Showtime, Charles was a sports anchor for CNN from the network’s 1980 debut to early 2001. He co-anchored CNN Sports Tonight from 1980-1997, working alongside Fred Hickman for most of those years, before becoming a senior correspondent for the now-defunct CNN/SI.
Charles remained in the public eye during his cancer fight. In addition to the aforementioned Sports Illustrated profile and his appearance on HBO, he was also featured in a CNN special in which he was interviewed by Sanjay Gupta and reconnected with friend and former boxer Mike Tyson.