The fantasy soccer neighborhood misplaced one in every of its hottest analysts on Friday when FantasyPros’ Mike Tagliere died after a prolonged battle with COVID-19 on the age of 39.

Tagliere, identified merely as “Tags” to lots of his greater than 100,000 followers on Twitter, was a fantasy soccer analyst and podcast host for FantasyPros. His fantasy rankings have been constantly among the many finest within the enterprise; twice he completed within the high six in FantasyPros’ industry-wide accuracy contest.

Nevertheless, he contracted COVID-19 in August and hung out within the hospital battling the virus, regardless of being absolutely vaccinated. Tagliere’s spouse Tabbie revealed over the weekend that he had “handed away peacefully.”

Tributes from all through the fantasy {industry} have been quite a few and heartfelt.

Tagliere had written for FantasyPros since 2017, and earlier than that spent two years at PFF Fantasy. He was the host of a podcast for FantasyPros with Kyle Yates and Dan Harris.

FantasyPros has arrange a GoFundMe marketing campaign to profit the Tagliere household – his spouse and their two kids. An preliminary objective of $100,000 was simply reached, with over $300,000 raised in lower than 24 hours after it was established.

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