Fox Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes passed away today at the age of 56, as Fox officials confirmed.
More information from my NASCAR Talk colleague Dustin Long is linked here, while a series of tributes from the NASCAR community, as gathered by my colleague Jerry Bonkowski, are linked here.
It speaks volumes of Byrnes’ impact on the motorsports community as a whole, that he touched so many lives beyond just the NASCAR garage.
Below are a series of tweets and reflections from the racing community that have come in since this news broke, with undoubtedly more to follow:
I want to offer my deepest condolences to the Byrnes Family & The @NASCAR community on the passing of @SteveByrnes12. #ByrnesAtPeace
— Juan Pablo Montoya (@jpmontoya) April 21, 2015
As a Nascar fan and have experience the lost of my dad to cancer my heart aches for the family @SteveByrnes12. RIP. #oneracingfamily
— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) April 21, 2015
RIP @SteveByrnes12 #ByrnesStong
— Conor Daly (@ConorDaly22) April 21, 2015
Been dreading this day for a while. Love you @SteveByrnes12 You will be missed. Prayers for Karen and Bryson.
— Marty Snider (@heymartysnider) April 21, 2015
The pain is gone, no more Doctors & treatment. Your legacy is one of commitment & class. Rest in peace @SteveByrnes12 #SteveByrnes #greatman
— Leigh Diffey (@leighdiffey) April 21, 2015
Prayers and thoughts to the family of Steve Byrnes in this difficult time. A good man, a great father/husband and a true inspiration.
— Brian Till (@briantill19) April 21, 2015
RIP Steve Byrnes, great person who battled so hard with such strength. Thoughts and respect to his family
— Calvin Fish (@calvinfish) April 21, 2015
Our condolences to Karen, Bryson and the Byrnes family. Godspeed to a great guy & a true professional. You will be missed. #ByrnesStrong
— Firestone Racing (@FirestoneRacing) April 21, 2015
RIP Steve Byrnes What a send off the #NASCAR family gave him though. #ByrnesStrong #🔥💪
— Andy Lally (@AndyLally) April 21, 2015
my heart breaks for the family of @SteveByrnes12 ! Thoughts and prayers to all! #ByrnesStrong
— Suzi Elliott (@suzielliott) April 21, 2015
Such a sad day. Condolences to family and friends. https://t.co/mXZooyJN6z
— Anders Krohn (@AndersKrohn) April 21, 2015
We all send thoughts to the family of @SteveByrnes12. We need more people who share the passion he held for life and for motorsports.
— Mazda Racing (@MazdaRacing) April 21, 2015
Crushing news about @SteveByrnes12. The sport – and the world – will miss his passion.
— Jade Gurss (@JadeGurss) April 21, 2015
A really sad day in the world of motorsport. Words don't do justice to Steve, or to the passionate outreach the racing community has shown.
— Christopher Leone (@christopherlion) April 21, 2015
The #RedBullGRC family sends its condolences to the friends and family of @SteveByrnes12. You'll be missed, Steve. #ByrnesStrong
— Red Bull GRC (@RedBullGRC) April 21, 2015
Rest in peace, Steve. Absolutely heartbroken. Prayers to his family – thank you for sharing such a tremendous man with us. #ByrnesStrong
— Branden Williams (@iamBrandenW) April 21, 2015
Gutted to hear the news about Steve Byrnes. He was so good at his job and brought so much joy to others. My thoughts are with his loves ones
— Mike Thomsen (@Thomsen500) April 21, 2015
I feel the same way. Big loss to the racing community. https://t.co/U8l9ffqUlV
— Patsy White (@patsylwhite) April 21, 2015
tears for the family of #ByrnesStrong @SteveByrnes12 and for his entire #racing @NASCAR family – we lost a good one
— Anne Proffit (@AnneProffit) April 21, 2015
Condolences to all my friends at @FOXSports1 on the loss of @SteveByrnes12. Seems so sudden, just like when my Mum died of the same thing
— Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) April 21, 2015
No matter you race, racing is an elite fraternity, a family, & a brotherhood. RIP @SteveByrnes12, you will be missed pic.twitter.com/dNdLCvxzfE
— Ryan Phinny (@RyanPhinny) April 21, 2015
Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family of Steve #ByrnesStrong. The world lost a great man who will be dearly missed. God Speed!
— Action Express (@AX_Racing) April 21, 2015
RIP Steve Byrnes
— A. Davis (@andrewdavis59) April 21, 2015
RIP Steve Byrnes.
— Mike Hedlund (@mike_hedlund) April 21, 2015
R.I.P. Steve Byrnes. Glad so many of the @NASCAR Community pulled together to support him and his family in his battle. He will be missed.
— Ryan Ellis (@ryanellisracing) April 21, 2015
Sad to hear Steve Byrnes lost his battle with cancer today. Hug your loved ones, life is cut short sometimes.
— Jason Sharpe (@jasonsharpe) April 21, 2015
Saddened by the news of Steve Byrnes' passing. Sending condolences to his friends and family. #ByrnesStrong
— Cameron Lawrence (@CLawrenceRacing) April 21, 2015
Godspeed @SteveByrnes12 – deepest sympathy to @KarenByrnes, Bryson, @NASCARONFOX family & friends. A kind, gentle man
— Judy Kouba Dominick (@JKDRACER) April 21, 2015
Very saddened to hear the news about Steve Byrnes. My thoughts go out to his family. #ByrnesStrong
— John Dagys (@johndagys) April 21, 2015
We send our condolences to the family of longtime @FOXSports motorsports reporter Steve Byrnes, who passed away today. #ByrnesStrong
— Sportscar365 (@sportscar365) April 21, 2015
A huge loss for the racing community today. Godspeed, Steve Byrnes. #ByrnesStrong
— Continental Tire (@continentaltire) April 21, 2015
This guy was top notch. I got to work with him a few times. Liked by everyone….Steve Byrnes http://t.co/kwHwIsneDC
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) April 21, 2015