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Rockets broadcaster’s parents killed in car crash

Mar 27, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT


This is just terrible news.

The parents of Rockets play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman have died in an auto accident in Sugar Land, Texas (a suburb of Houston). The team made the announcement and KHOU television had the details (hat tip to Royce Young and Eye on Basketball):

Gerald Ackerman and Bonnie Ackerman, both 66, were involved in a wreck shortly after 1 p.m. at the intersection of Austin Parkway and Williams Trace, Sugar Land police said.

A spokesman for the police department said Gerald Ackerman was behind the wheel when his truck left the roadway and hit a light pole. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

“The entire Rockets family is deeply saddened at the tragic news of the automobile accident that took the lives of Gerald and Bonnie Ackerman. We offer our sympathies and condolences to Craig and the Ackerman family, and pledge our continued support as they begin to cope with this devastating loss,” said Rockets CEO Tad Brown in a released statement.

Ackerman has broadcast the team’s games since 2008 but has been involved in the Rockets organization for nearly two decades, starting as an intern and working his way up.

Our thoughts are with Ackerman and the Rocket family.

  1. hardballtalkusername - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Wow that’s awful. My condolences.

  2. jdvalk - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:56 PM


  3. thesixersbench - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    One of my worst fears. My thoughts are with Mr. Ackerman and his family. Just terrible.

  4. money2long - Mar 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    it really sucks that death is something we can’t avoid and its suddenness makes us feel so vulnerable. best wishes to craig ackerman as he tries to find a way to work through the grief he’s going through while continuing on with his life. tragic

  5. ragingmouse - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    May the “God of all comfort” comfort you and your family…

  6. malibudave66 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    God please Bless this family in their time of need and be with all who are effected by this loss. My prayers are with you all in Jesus name we pray! I’m so sorry for your loss!

  7. 00maltliquor - Mar 28, 2013 at 5:00 AM

    That makes me sick to my stomach. I feel so so sorry for Craig and his family. Lost my sister a week before Thanksgiving last year just walking home, got hit by a kid in a truck. At least his parents didn’t hit anyone else and change another families lives for the worst. God bless their souls. Just heartbreaking.

  8. amlowlife - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Absolutely terrible.

    But why is some idiot giving a thumbs down to all these condolence comments? You know it’s the same guy. You’ve got issues, dude…

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