SB Nation star writer Steve White just passed.

I'm crushed. Dude's writings were pure gold.

Steve White, who played football for the University of Tennessee and later spent seven seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, died Tuesday. He was 48.

White played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets from 1996-2002. He posted on Twitter in April that he had been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia for eight years and would soon be checking into the Moffitt Cancer Center for a bone marrow transplant.

Friends, fans, colleagues and former teammates took to Twitter to pay tribute to White, who later worked as a writer for SB Nation beginning in 2013.

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