It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that Jeff Charles, the long time ‘Voice of the Pirates’ for East Carolina, passed away on Friday Feb. 10th. Keep reading more to learn about his life and untimely death.
Who was Jeff Charles?
Jeff Charles was an iconic figure in East Carolina University sports, having been the school’s ‘Voice of the Pirates’ since 1988. Charles had an impressive career, calling games for Virginia Tech, Illinois and Furman prior to his tenure at ECU. His famous voice was heard most recently during his 1,000th ECU men’s basketball game last month, a testament to his commitment and dedication to the university. He will be remembered for many years to come as a beloved member of ECU’s family.
How did Jeff Charles die? What was the cause of his death?
Jeff Charles, the longtime “Voice of the Pirates” for East Carolina University, died tragically on Friday February 10th,2023. Charles had previously spent time at Virginia Tech, Illinois, and Furman before arriving at ECU. What made his death even tragicder is that it happened while he was in New Orleans with the men’s basketball team. Although yet to be confirmed, it has been reported by ECU Sources that he passed away due to health complications. As a result of this devastating news, Saturday’s game at Tulane will not be played as originally scheduled in remembrance of Jeff Charles’ passion and commitment to ECU sports.
Jeff Charles Obituary
Charles was widely considered one of the most beloved figures in the Pirate Nation. He touched so many lives through his work on and off airwaves and was an integral part of the East Carolina family throughout his 35-year career. His passion and enthusiasm for Pirate sports never wavered during that time, and even after retirement he would still join broadcasts for special occasions. His presence will be sorely missed by all associated with ECU athletics as well as all loyal fans who followed him closely over the years.
Tributes Pour To Jeff Charles death
Tributes have come pouring in from across social media platforms and beyond to honor Charles’s memory, including from former players he worked closely with throughout his career such as
Mike Tyson who said “Jeff was a good friend and great mentor… We were always able to share a laugh or two” or former ECU baseball coach Billy Godwin who said “Jeff was always prepared , very organized , knew every situation on how to call a game , very professional … But more than anything he had a big heart”.
Jeff Charles will forever remain an integral part of ECU athletics history whose legacy will live on in all those lucky enough to have known him in life or heard him through their radios over years past . We are deeply saddened by this news but take comfort in knowing his memory will live on through us all . Rest In Peace Jeff Charles – Thank you for your service . You will be dearly missed . #ForeverAPirate #PirateNation4Life #RememberingJeffCharles