Steve Ellis, a hard-working, passionate sports writer who covered Florida State University sports for nearly 30 years, died Thursday afternoon, November 19, 2009, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was 54. Ellis, a senior writer and columnist who joined the Tallahassee Democrat on February 26, 1990, suffered a massive heart attack on November 10--
- Ellis won numerous Florida Sports Writers Association awards and was an inspiration to aspiring sports writers.
- Ellis was working in his home office when he suffered the heart attack. He insisted Karen Detrick Ellis, his wife of eight years, e-mail the story to the newspaper before he would let her take him to the hospital.
- A native of Winter Park, Ellis attended Clemson University where he ran for the cross country team. His journalism career began in college at The Tiger and he became the founding editor of the Orange and White-associated sports magazines.
- FSU graduate Jerry Kutz, who started The Osceola, a magazine about FSU sports, hired Ellis in 1981-man staff, reporting, writing, typesetting and pasting up the paper.
- FSU coaches and administrators had high praise for Ellis. Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden said he regarded Ellis almost like a son.
- Rob Wilson, associate athletic director at FSU, was working as a student-
- FSU President T.K. Wetherell had visited Ellis at the hospital and spoke to him several times during the past week.
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