Drew Sharp, a Detroit Free Press columnist since 1999, died unexpectedly Friday morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He was 56.

Drew was my colleague for more years that I can remember. We sat side by side in everything from a college basketball game to a World Series. He brought a sharp, critical and often humorous take to sports, and spoke up for the fans – and sometimes scolded them – no matter who it might upset. He was brave in the face of criticism and unafraid to take a strong position Privately, Drew was funny, smart and engaging. He also worked like crazy. While we knew he had battled some health things in the past, this news was a complete shock, and heartbreaking knowing how much Drew was loved by his family and friends. It’s a blow to the Free Press family, and an unimaginable blow to those closest to him. My heart goes out to all of them. 

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