DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Free Press says sports columnist Drew Sharp has died. He was 56.
The newspaper says Sharp died at his home Friday in Bloomfield Hills, a Detroit suburb. The cause was hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
Sharp spent decades at the Free Press, joining the paper as a sports writer in 1983. His wife, Karen Sharp says her husband ''loved his job more than anything.''
When he was named a columnist in 1999, Sharp told readers that his job wasn't to ''blindly lead cheers'' or simply ''slam'' people from his perch. He said he had a responsibility to ''raise questions and express doubts.''
His last column this week was about Michigan State's basketball team.
Sharp covered the Detroit Pistons for years before becoming a columnist. The team expressed its condolences.