Sport Popular fantasy football analyst Mike Tagliere dies at 39 after battling COVID-19
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The fantasy football community lost one of its most popular analysts on Friday when FantasyPros' Mike Tagliere died after a lengthy battle with COVID-19 at the age of 39.
Tagliere, known simply as "Tags" to many of hiswas a fantasy football analyst and podcast host for FantasyPros. His fantasy rankings were consistently among the best in the business; twice he finished in the top six in FantasyPros' industry-wide accuracy contest.
However, he contracted COVID-19 in August and spent time in the hospital battling the virus, despite being fully vaccinated. Tagliere's wife Tabbie revealed over the weekend
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Tributes from throughout the fantasy industry have been numerous and heartfelt.
We're heartbroken by the news of Mike Tagliere's passing.— FantasyPros (@FantasyPros)
Rest in peace Mike Tagliere
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family ????— Fantasy Football Today (@FFToday)
This is terribly sad news and a gut punch to the fantasy industry. ???? Condolences to Mike's family, friends and online community.— USA TODAY Fantasy (@usatodayfantasy)
Tagliere had written for FantasyPros since 2017, and before that spent two years at PFF Fantasy. He was the host of a podcast for FantasyPros with Kyle Yates and Dan Harris.
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FantasyPros has set up ato benefit the Tagliere family – his wife and their two children. An initial goal of $100,000 was easily reached, with over $300,000 raised in less than 24 hours after it was established.
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