At this point it isn’t breaking news but I felt like it would be disrespectful to not donate a few pixels to today’s shocking news.
It is with great sadness that it must be reported that Tom “Killer” Kowalski, who has reported on the Detroit Lions since the early 80’s, has died. I am sure that many of you who read Sidelionreport.com are familiar with Killer’s articles on Mlive.com and on his daily radio show on WDFN. He was found unresponsive in his home this morning and pronounced dead at DMC Huron Valley – Sinai Hospital. He was 51 years old.
Tom was known for his gruff humor – often shown on his Twitter account as he interacted with his fans. As a Lions beat writer for over 30 years, Tom had seen many of the ups and downs (mostly downs) of covering the Lions. It is truly a shame, that as the Lions finally seemed to be turning the corner that Tom will not be around with us to enjoy it.
I always enjoyed Tom’s work and he was my go-to source for beat writer reports. It was his opinion I most wanted to hear after every game and looked forward to his radio appearances. Other beat writers will continue cover the team but Tom’s death leaves a hole nonetheless. He had a style all his own and was able to feed Lions fans the content they craved by print, radio and twitter.
Tom will be sorely missed, and all of us here at SLR wish condolences to his fiancée Diane and remaining family and friends.
SideLion Report staff writer Nate VanNorwick also contributed to this post.