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Re: Tom Kowalski dies =(

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:21 PM

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a2lion wrote: WOW.  Tom was always fun, entertaining and approachable.  That was his tweet from last night:

OK fellas, here we go ... Sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning ...
14 hours ago via Twitter for iPad
That's quite a final quote.  My thoughts go out to his family.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:21 PM

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I am going to miss Killer's reports, while I might not always agree with his opinion I always respected it. RIP big guy.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:21 PM

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lionsbloodNW wrote: Killer seemed like a guy I'd like to sit in the bar with, talk about the Lions, and have a beer.  He was far too young to die.

yep. He's a part of Lion nation & will be missed...R.I.P Tom & may God Bless!

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:22 PM

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Was always a fan. Really sad.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:22 PM

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Terrible :(

RIP

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:22 PM

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Sad news, just heard on 97.1...

frown

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:23 PM

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Man, just heard the news. frown

Damn he's two years younger than me.

RIP Killer.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:24 PM

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Wow, that's pretty shocking.  Any details of how?  Heart attack?  My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  Sad news.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:27 PM

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Tom Kowalski, longtime Detroit Lions writer for Booth Newspapers and Mlive.com, died this morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan.

Kowalski, 51, was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township in Oakland County, where he was pronounced dead.

An institution on the Lions football beat and known as "Killer Kowalski," Kowalski started his Lions reporting at the Oakland Press, with one of his biggest stories being the 1982 Super Bowl in Detroit. He started covering the Lions for Booth Newspapers in 1997 and later became a key contributor to Mlive.com.

He was known for his straightforward, pull-no-punches style covering the often troubled franchise for its long-suffering fan base. On a personal level, friends talk about his sense of humor and stubborness.

Kowalski's bread and butter was Booth Newspapers and MLive.com, and he filed his last story earlier today. He built a multimedia reputation and was also beloved by fans for his pieces in The Sporting News and as the Lions insider for Sports Radio 1130 AM Detroit (WDFN) and as a regular on Fox 2 Detroit. His WDFN drive time show was syndicated in Grand Rapids on WMAX 96.1 FM.

Ansar Khan said Kowalski helped him as a cub sports reporter when both were working at The Oakland Press in th 1980s. Kowalski was later instrumental in getting Khan his job as the Red Wings reporter for Booth Newspapers in the '90s.

"He was synonymous with that beat, that team," Khan said. "He always knew that team inside and out. It's almost unheard of for one person to cover a beat for that long, especially considering the record of that team. He covered them through all the bad times, with an enthusiasm that never waned. He had an incredible work ethic."

Kowalski made a seamless transition to the demands of online reporting, embracing its immediacy and interaction with readers, and understanding the deep passion of Lions fans. His content was regularly among the most read on the site, and he would often answer reader questions in emails and online chats.

Bill Emkow, executive editor at MLive.com and a sports junkie, said, "My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. I love Tom Kowalski. He was my friend. I trusted him, and I know he trusted me.

"He is the first reporter that bought into what we were doing with MLive.com. I needed someone to buy into what we were doing online, and he was the huge star for Booth. I don't know why he listened to me, but he helped make MLive what you know it as today."

Press Sports Editor Mary Ullmer, who was to attend a Detroit Tigers baseball game with Kowalski this evening, said she and his colleagues are "stunned and saddened to hear of Tom's sudden passing.

"Tom and I developed a wonderful working relationship through the years," Ullmer said. "We had a simple understanding: He was the Lions and NFL expert, I was the boss. While we certainly bumped heads along the way, there was no question we had a mutual respect for one another.

"We were looking forward to working with him on another great season of Lions coverage, and particularly so with this year's team. Our thoughts and prayers are with his fiancee, Diane, and his family at this time.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:27 PM

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With god speed.  Prayers for his family.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:28 PM

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Wow...terrible. RIP Killer, wish you were around to see this thing turn. I know you were a fan, despite you trying to tell us otherwise.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:30 PM

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Posted: 8/29/2011 12:30 PM

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MillenForPresident wrote: THis was his tweet 14 hours ago:

"OK fellas, here we go ... Sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning ..."
wow.  i was up late last night and following his tweets in my predominantly lion-based stream and saw that minutes after he typed it.  he was taking the time to field questions from lion fans before going to bed.  i think he mentioned something about going to bed late in some previous tweets and i asked myself "i wonder if this is a thankless job with lots of crazy hours, esp with all the social media that's out there today - you have to be online and at it all the time"? well perhaps i have my answer.

definitely a character.  sad to hear it.  he will never get to see the superbowl win!

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:30 PM

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lionsbloodNW wrote: Killer seemed like a guy I'd like to sit in the bar with, talk about the Lions, and have a beer.  He was far too young to die.

Absolutely what I thought . . . I'm shocked by this, way too young.  He was very passionate about his work and I will miss listening/reading his work and his sarcasm on twitter.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:32 PM

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RIP 'Killer', you will be missed.  Condolences to his Loved Ones.

I always enjoyed seeing & talking with him @ Training Camp & during Roadies.  I also appreciated reading his 'Film Breakdown Series'.  Detroit Sports Media nows has a Void that won't be readily filled.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:33 PM

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wow, holy crap! prayers go to his loved ones

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:34 PM

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MillenForPresident wrote: THis was his tweet 14 hours ago:

"OK fellas, here we go ... Sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning ..."
Sleep well... is a classic quote from Princess Bride

Very sad to hear the news of Killer's passing...
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Posted: 8/29/2011 12:34 PM

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You never know when your time is up!

Live every day like it's your last.......already miss you Killer......you are in a better place now!

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:34 PM

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RIP.

Prayers to his family.

Posted: 8/29/2011 12:35 PM

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Wow, just really goes to show you, we don't know the day, time, or hour we may be called home.  Prayers go out to his fiance(wife), and entire family.   And that goes for all my fellow den mates.  We love, hate, and debate each other to death here but in all seriousness, we're all Lions family and human beings when its said and done.  This just further puts things into perspective that outside of football, we should love our fellow man despite our differences.  We're not promised tomorrow.   R.I.P Tom
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