Gerry Vaillancourt, a legendary sportscaster, and coach from Charlotte passed away on November 27, 2022. Let’s see how Hornets’ sportscaster died and Gerry Vaillancourt cause of death in detail.
How did Gerry Vaillancourt die?
The Charlotte Hornets announced in a statement on Sunday that longtime announcer and sports commentator Gerry Vaillancourt had died.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) November 27, 2022
The death statement made by the Hornets following the passing of Vaillancourt reads,
“The Hornets are saddened to learn of the passing of Gerry Vaillancourt. Gerry V was a mainstay on our TV and radio broadcasts from 1990-2002, serving in roles including radio analyst, TV analyst, and TV studio host. He also hosted sports talk radio shows on several local stations throughout that time and returned to the Charlotte airwaves in that same format in 2017. His analysis and opinions will be greatly missed, and our condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Gerry Vaillancourt cause of death
Vaillancourt aka V-man, the Charlotte Hornets’ longtime voice, died at the age of 72. Gerry Vaillancourt, a sportscaster in the Queen City known as “Gerry V,” passed away on November 27, 2022, in Charlotte.
According to his daughter Kelly Vaillancourt, Gerry Vaillancourt cause of death was due to a cardiac issue for which he had received a diagnosis 25 years prior.
“We never thought he’d get 25 more years after that diagnosis, Kelly Vaillancourt said in an interview Sunday. But he never did anything by the book. You never knew what you were in for each day with him, but you knew it was always going to be a good time.”, Kelly Vaillancourt said.
“Daddy died peacefully this morning, with his daughters at his side. He lived a truly amazing life and fought hard until the end. I am so grateful we were able to have a full family Thanksgiving with all the grandkids. And while it was not easy, I have some peace knowing that I was a comfort to him in his final days. Our family is devastated, but we will honor his memory by living life the way he did, with chuckles and grins, positivity, and always chasing our crazy.”, Kelly Vaillancourt added.
Who was Gerry Vaillancourt?
Gerry Vaillancourt was one of Charlotte’s earliest sports talk radio voices and worked for the Hornets in both Charlotte and New Orleans. He followed the Hornets to New Orleans when the original Charlotte franchise relocated following the 2001-02 season.
Vaillancourt worked as an analyst and studio host for the Hornets on television and radio from 1990 to 2002. He covered the careers of legendary Hornets players like Dell Curry and Muggsy Bogues while staying in the Queen City, where the team made the playoffs seven times. In 2017, he made a comeback to Charlotte media and continued in the same position.
Tributes to Gerry Vaillancourt
Chantal Dabdoub posted,
I learned of Gerry Vaillancourt’s passing and he will be missed. I learned so much from him in the radio industry and he will be missed deeply.
John Moore posted,
Brash, funny, engaging, smart – words that come to mind as I remember Gerry Vaillancourt, aka the V Man, who passed away this morning.
His love and knowledge of sports – and many other topics – clear to the ear, with a voice that was once synonymous with Charlotte Hornets #radio.
My first full time gig at WBT was running the audio board for his Gerry V sports show in 1997. Some of the most important lessons about the realities of radio I learned from V, and have been applying them ever since. I am very glad to have been able to call Gerry a colleague, and friend. Rest well, O great one.
Cullie Tarleton posted,
Very sorry to learn of the passing of broadcasting legend Gerry Vaillancourt. The V-Man was larger than life. Always engaged and always on. RIP V-Man. Fly high.
Jerry McQuay posted,
He will be so missed… a truly wonderful spirit that came across authentically on my radio, for these many years… a wonderful personality and a wonderful person… “Chase your crazy” is good advice for us all. God Bless you, V-Man.
Mel Bracht posted,
I’m sad to learn of the passing of Gerry Vaillancourt, the longtime voice of the Charlotte Hornets. I got to know Gerry when the Hornets relocated from New Orleans to OKC after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I appreciated his joyous and playful spirit. We stayed in touch through Facebook and he was quick to give me a playful jab. NBA and sportscasting community will miss him.
Mike Scott posted,
Crushed today to hear of the passing of the one and only Gerry Vaillancourt, former voice of the Charlotte Hornets (and the pre-New Orleans Pelicans version), former #NOLA TV and radio personality, and an all-around great guy. He was funny, he was silly and he knew how to rock a hat. Miss you and love you, big guy. #RIP
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