“This man we adopted from Romania in 1991 and identified with Duchenne muscular dystrophy lived a miraculous lifetime of 33 years,” the TNT anchor mentioned in an Instagram submit that included a photograph of Michael.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a uncommon genetic dysfunction of progressive muscular weak point, which usually impacts boys, in keeping with the Muscular Dystrophy Affiliation.
“We misplaced michael johnson right now and we’re crushed. However we additionally know we’ll see him once more…and that sustains us,” Johnson, a father of six, wrote.
The longtime “Contained in the NBA” host mentioned by way of Twitter, “We’re grieving and on the identical time so grateful for having been witnesses to a miraculous 33 years with michael.”
Turner Sports activities, in a press release posted on social media, mentioned: “We’re heartbroken over the passing of Cheryl and Ernie’s beloved son, Michael, a real hero who uplifted and introduced pleasure to everybody he touched.
“The household’s love, religion and dedication to at least one one other will endlessly be an inspiration to us. Our deepest condolences are with Cheryl, Ernie and their household, buddies and family members as we mourn with them,” the assertion learn.
The NBA tweeted that the league “mourns the passing of Michael Johnson.”
“Michael was admired by so many across the league for his exceptional braveness and perseverance. We ship our heartfelt condolences to Ernie, Cheryl and their household throughout this troublesome time.”