ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Award-winning St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports columnist and writer Joe Strauss is dead at the age of 54.

Strauss was battling leukemia.

The Richmond, Virginia native came to St. Louis in 2002 after decades as a baseball writer and eventually became the Post-Dispatch’s Cardinals beat writer.

He transitioned into a columnist role in 2012.

Post-Dispatch sports editor Roger Hensley has a theory why Strauss became so successful in that role, “He never got away from his roots as a reporter. He always did the leg work. Any opinion Joe was going to put out there was based on reporting, based on fact.”

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak says he will cherish the moments spent with Strauss, “I learned a lot from him. I always admired his passion for the game of baseball and how hard he worked. I’m just really sad.”

KMOX & Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster Scott Warmann shared his thoughts on KMOX’s Sports on a Sunday Morning Show, “Joe made you think. Joe was an old-school journalist. He loved to stir it up, whether you were a fan or a member of the media. You had to appreciate what Joe brought to the table.”

Strauss is survived by wife Diana and daughter Alexis.

St. Louis Rams issued a statement: “We send our deepest condolences to the family of Joe Strauss. Joe was passionate about his work and covered St. Louis sports with vigor. He was well respected on both local and national levels for his ability to get to the heart of the story and provide readers with unique insight. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe’s wife Diana and daughter Alexis during this difficult time.”

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