Broadcasting Legend Casey Coleman Loses Battle with Cancer

Cleveland - Veteran local sportscaster Casey Coleman, who battled pancreatic cancer for more than a year, has died.

Coleman, 55, who died early Monday morning, will be difficult to replace, said WTAM AM/1100 radio host Bill Wills.

"He was an integral part of our broadcast," said Wills, co-host of "Wills and Coleman in the Morning."

"He was a pros pro and a very good friend. Players and coaches trusted him. He gave our broadcast credibility."

Doctors gave Coleman six months to live in June. He returned briefly to WTAM at the start of Cleveland Browns training camp but took a leave of absence for cancer treatment.

Coleman was inducted into the Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame in October.

Coleman called play-by play for the Force, Cleveland State and the Browns as well as five Grand Prix races during his three decades of broadcasting in Cleveland. He received four Emmys in television while at WJW Channel 8.