Jeff Charles, the Voice of the Pirates, has been diagnosed with colon rectal cancer. Charles is hospitalized currently after undergoing two emergency surgeries.
His family released the following statement:
"Jeff Charles has been diagnosed with colon rectal cancer following two emergency surgeries, with the second one yesterday. No new tumors were found, but however following laboratory testing on the lymph nodes, in a few days we will know more. Jeff is resting but doctors have advised no visitors. He is expected to have a 7 to 10 day hospital stay, barring any additional complications. Jeff, Debbie, and Britt very much appreciate all the love and prayers."
Charles is currently celebrating his 25th year as the Voice of the Pirates.
In addition to his work for East Carolina University, Charles has two radio shows on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 AM. Radio station owner Troy Dreyfus says anyone wishing to send items to Charles should do so through their radio station, since the family is requesting no guests and no gifts be sent to the hospital.
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ECU ATHLETICS DIRECTOR TERRY HOLLAND ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING JEFF CHARLES
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina radio and television announcer Jeff Charles, who has provided the play-by-play call of Pirate athletics for the last 25 years, remains hospitalized after undergoing intestinal surgery.
East Carolina Director of Athletics Terry Holland issued the following statement: "Jeff and Debbie Charles are two very important and long-time members of the East Carolina University Athletics family. Debbie is keeping us informed on Jeff’s progress. The best thing all good Pirates can do at this time is to keep Jeff and the Charles family in your prayers, just as members of the athletics department will be doing until Jeff is behind the microphone again. We all look forward to another 25 years with Jeff as the “Voice of Pirates.”
As a respect of privacy during this difficult time, ECU will only release updates when permitted by family members.