A simple statement wedged into a short release from the family of Corey Maclin became a building block that many in the Greater Memphis area used as they worked to process his death in a car crash in Mississippi late Tuesday (July 30) night.
"Corey Maclin loved Memphis and Memphians, and he dedicated his life to bringing joy and happiness to the whole Memphis community through the venues of news, entertainment, and through public service," the statement read.
The former Memphis Wrestling host and sportscaster was apparently traveling on south I-55 near Sardis, Miss. when the one-car accident happened about 10:30 p.m. The Mississippi Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal crash.
Passionate as wrestling promoter, Maclin also brought oomph to his work as a sportscaster. And that same spirited vigor was on display in 2010 when he ran for Shelby County Clerk.
A graduate of Millington Central High School, Maclin, 43, and his wife were the center of a family with six children.
"We are grateful and dearly touched for the overwhelming outpouring of support and concern from our community concerning the loss of our beloved Corey," the family's announcement continued.
"Obviously, this is a time of great grief and sadness for us. We appreciate you keeping us in your prayers while our family embraces each other and tries to find some comfort at this unexpected and devastating loss of such a great man."
Funeral arrangements were pending as the TSD went to press.