Connecticut

Wife of ESPN Broadcaster Chris Berman Died of Drowning, Blunt Force Trauma Following Car Accident, Officials Say

Chris and Kathy Berman had been married for more than three decades; they had two children together, a son and a daughter

What to Know

  • Kathy Berman was one of two people killed in a two-vehicle accident in Connecticut in May
  • She and longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman had been married for more than three decades; the couple had two children
  • ESPN released a statement on behalf of the Berman family, saying they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support

The wife of legendary ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman died from blunt trauma and drowning after her car was rear-ended by another vehicle in May, Connecticut officials said Wednesday. 

Dr. James Gill, the chief state medical examiner, has ruled 67-year-old Katherine Ann Berman's death an accident, according to The Hartford Courant

Gill declined to release the toxicology results. State police continue to investigate the crash,

Police have said 87-year-old Edward Bertulis rear-ended 67-year-old Kathy Berman's Lexus as the two drove on Sherman Hill Road in Woodbury the afternoon of May 9. The impact sent Kathy Berman's vehicle veering off the roadway and down a small embankment. It flipped over into a small body of water, authorities say. She died at the scene. 

Bertulis initially survived the crash -- he collided with a utility pole and his vehicle ended up overturned in the center of the roadway -- but died of his injuries at a hospital. 

Bertulis' family said at the time of the crash, he was on his way home from the cemetery, where he had gone every day to visit his late wife since she passed away last year. 

A story on ESPN's website says Chris Berman joined the network in 1979 and married Kathy four years later. He stepped down in January from his role as host of "Sunday NFL Countdown" after 31 seasons, but is still with the network, according to ESPN. Kathy Berman died the day before Chris' 62nd birthday.

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