Chet Coppock at Battle of The Bands to Benefit Little Kids Rock at Hard Rock Cafe on February 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Sports Broadcast Legend Chet Coppock Dies At 70 Following Car Accident

April 18, 2019 - 9:23 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Legendary Chicago sportscaster, Chet Coppock, has died.

Coppock known as "The Godfather of Sports" was involved in a car accident on April 11, outside Hilton Head, South Carolina, according to family members. He died Wednesday, at the age of 70, due to injuries he sustained in the accident.

His daugher wrote in a Facebook post:

"We lost our father, Chet Coppock, on April 17th due to complications from injuries he sustained in a car accident outside Hilton Head, SC. His passing is untimely, unexpected and painfully sad, but all we can do at this time is remember how lucky we were to have such a unique and creative trailblazer help shape into the adults we know he was so incredibly proud of.

"Our father’s wishes were to have a memorial service for friends and family to reflect on good times and to laugh, sharing memories of the past. When we have those details we will share them as soon as possible.

"Life is too short and you are never promised another day. Tell your friends and family you love them, you never know when your last moments with them will be. We love you, Dad, and we are so proud of you."

Coppock was born in Northfield, Illinois. He attended Columbia College Chicago and went on to work in television, radio and print in Chicago, Indianapolis and New York. Coppock was a sports anchor at WMAQ in the 1980s. He later became known as he “Godfather of Sports Talk Radio.” He was also an announcer for The Roller Derby and the World Wrestling Federation.

He is survived by his children, Lyndsey and Tyler, and his former wife, Anna Marie Busalacchi.

A memorial service will be held in the near future.