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Dean of Lions press corps, Kowalski, dies at 51

Posted on: August 29, 2011 6:43 pm
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KowalskiPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Thanks to Tom Kowalski’s standing as the most-tenured Lions beat reporter, he was always the first to ask a question during coach Jim Schwartz’s news conferences. Schwartz made sure to honor that tradition after learning that Kowalski had died today at the age of 51.

Kowalski reported for MLive.com and Booth Newspapers, and he turned in a completed story sometime this morning (this was his last article). He later was found unresponsive by his fiancé and was pronounced dead at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, Mich.

Said MLive sports editor Bill Emkow to the web site: "My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. I love Tom Kowalski. He was my friend. I trusted him, and I know he trusted me.

"He is the first reporter that bought into what we were doing with MLive.com. I needed someone to buy into what we were doing online, and he was the huge star for Booth. I don't know why he listened to me, but he helped make MLive what you know it as today."

After Lions practice, Schwartz honored Kowalski in his own way, by maintaining a moment of silence with the press corps (he had previously done the same when he told his team the news) before moving on to the “second” question of the day.

"I'll just say this about Tom," said Schwartz. "The one thing he always tried to do was get it right. He knew football and he always wanted to get it right and we had a lot of respect for that."

Personally, I always thought Kowalski, whom I had never met, was a wonderful reporter and a pretty damn good tweeter. Witness his last original tweet, which referenced The Princess Bride, he wrote before signing off on Monday night.

“OK fellas, here we go ... Sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning ...”

Photo courtesy of MLive.com.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Dean of Lions press corps, Kowalski, dies at 51

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Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Dean of Lions press corps, Kowalski, dies at 51

Tom was a good dude.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Dean of Lions press corps, Kowalski, dies at 51

Lion football will not be the same with Tom reporting it.

I always enjoyed listening to Tom...the guy had a tough job covering a horible team for years and years.  Now that things are turning around it is really a shame that Tom will not be the one covering the Lions.  RIP my friend.



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