Former Steelers and Radio announcer Tunch Ilkin is dead

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Tunch Ilkin Obituary – Death

On 24th of August 2021, former Steelers and radio announcer Tunch Ilkin died of Pneumonia as a result of ALS (A medical condition of the nervous system which causes weakening of muscles and impairs physical function) at the age of 63. He was diagnosed in 2020 and announced his retirement in 2021 to properly get himself treated.

Tunch Ilkin Life

Ilkin was born to parents, Ayten and Mehmet Ilkin in Istanbul, Turkey on September 23rd, 1957 but relocated to the US when he was 2.
He has been athletic from an early age and he was granted an athletic scholarship to Indiana State University in the year 1975. He spent cumulatively 23 seasons as part of Pittsburgh’s radio team. Ilkin is well known in southwestern Pennsylvania for charitable causes he dedicates his time and life to.


Since the announcement of his demise, there have been rounds of condolence messages on twitter and across other social media platforms where friend and colleagues have celebrated the life he lived.

Randy Baumann (@DVERandy)
“Tunch Ilkin was a giant among men, literally & figuratively. Endlessly devoted to his family, profoundly successful athlete & broadcaster, & constantly serving the less fortunate. If we all strived to be more like Tunch the world would be a better place. A true Pittsburgh icon”.

Chris Hoffman (@NewsmanChris)
“Tonight we are remembering Tunch Ilkin and his impact on the Light Of Life Rescue Mission. He worked with the group for more than 35 years”.

Will Graves (@WillGravesAP)

Tunch Ilkin didn’t know me from a hole in the ground when I arrived in 2011. Yet he made me feel instantly like I’d been in the city and around the Steelers my whole career. I soon graduated from “hey man” to “Hey Will.” Not b/c of me. But b/c that’s just how he was. RIP.

Funeral arrangement

There is no news yet from the family concerning funeral arrangements or visitation time.