Published: Sun, May 26, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Voice of Auburn, Rod Bramblett, and wife both killed in crash

Voice of Auburn, Rod Bramblett, and wife both killed in crash

The voice of the Auburn Tigers, Rod Bramblett, and his wife Paula died in a two-vehicle collision in Auburn on Saturday, according to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.

Lee County police say the pair's auto crashed into another vehicle Saturday night in Alabama.

An Auburn graduate, Bramblett had worked as a radio voice for the Tigers since 1993, and took over as the program's lead broadcaster in 2003.

UT and Auburn played annually from 1956-91.

A 16-year-old male driver in a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck the rear of the Bramblett's 2017 Toyota Highlander. Paula Bramblett, 53, died of multiple internal injuries at East Alabama Medical Center.

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The couple had to be airlifted from the scene and they both died at separate hospitals. The accident remains under investigation by the Auburn Police and the Lee County Coroner's Office.

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl also tweeted his condolences.

Bramblett began his broadcasting career in Lanett, Ala., working part-time at WZZZ/WCJM radio stations while attending Auburn University. Bramblett was named Alabama Sportscaster of the Year in 2006, 2010 and 2013.

An Alabama native, Bramblett and his wife are survived by two children, Shelby and Joshua. "He was honored as the National Broadcaster of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2013, in part for his call on Chris Davis" miracle, game-winning, 109-yard return of a missed field goal as time expired to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

The later reported that the crash was fatal.

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