Detroit Free Press Columnist Drew Sharp Dies at 56

Drew Sharp, a longtime columnist for the Detroit Free Press, died early Friday. He was 56.

Sharp spent 33 years with the newspaper and was named a columnist in 1999. He was one of the most respected — and controversial — voices when it came to Detroit sports and didn’t pull any punches.

His willingness to criticize local teams made him a unique commodity in the market. Whether you agreed with his latest piece or found it way off-base, he elicited a reaction.

“Drew Sharp loved writing about our beloved Detroit sports. He was powerful voice, with big opinions.” said Robert Huschka, executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. “He was a longtime member of the Free Press family — and he will be greatly missed.”

Tributes from Sharp’s colleagues have been pouring in.