GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Chuck Edwards, public address announcer for the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, passed away Wednesday, WLOX learned.
Edwards, a Gulfport native, joined the Saints organization as a game host/emcee in 1997, before lending his talents to the Pelicans as their public address announcer beginning in 2007.
The two franchises released a joint statement on Thursday.
“We are filled with sadness at this tragic news of Chuck’s passing," the statement read. "The legion of our fans with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans will miss Chuck enormously and will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice.”
Edwards will be honored at the Pelicans contest at the Smoothie King Center on Monday, Feb. 4 and at a future Saints game in 2019.
Before his tenure in New Orleans, Edwards was also the public address announcer for the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL, along with serving as the creative service director for Alpha Media’s Biloxi-Gulfport market.
The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Riemann Family Funeral Home on Three Rivers Road in Gulfport. Visitation for family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until the service. His urn will be laid to rest at a later date.