VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An online fundraising effort to help the family of a longtime local sportswriter who passed away suddenly last weekend has managed to raise more than half its $100,000 goal in less than a day.
As of 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5th, more than $50,000 was raised for Jason Botchford’s wife and three children.
Botchford died unexpectedly of apparent heart failure.
“Jason’s family, the sports community and the hockey world are stunned by his passing,” the GoFundMe page reads.
Botchford made his name as a columnist for the Province newspaper where he developed a huge following and launched his popular post-Canucks game feature, The Provies. He then moved over to The Athletic, an online publication, last year.
The sports community across the continent has been shocked by the news of his sudden passing. Friends and colleagues have taken to social media to share their fondest memories and condolences since his death.
Money raised will go towards supporting Botchford’s wife Kathryn and their children, Sienna, Keira, and Hudson.
According to the GoFundMe page, “The family is finding comfort in reading all the Twitter comments and listening to the fans on the radio.”
“We are deeply touched by the overwhelming support from friends, family and fans”.
Botchford was 48 years old.