John Asher Bio
John Asher was the Vice President of racing communications at Churchill Downs. He died on Monday morning, 27 August 2018 of an apparent heart attack. Asher was 62 years old. According to his bio at ChurchillDowns.com, Asher was an award-winning journalist and publicist for more than 30 years. He joined Churchill Downs in January 1997 and served as vice president of racing communications since March 1999.
|Age||62 years old|
|Died||27 August 2018|
|Cause of Death||Heart Attack|
|Net Worth||Under Review|
|Occupation||Vice President of racing communications at Churchill Downs|
|Education||Western Kentucky University|
John Asher Death and Cause
John Asher was the vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs. He died on Monday morning, 27 August 2018 of an apparent heart attack. Asher was 62 years old.
His brother, Tim Asher, stated that John and his wife, Dee, were on vacation in Orlando, Florida. “Dee said he wasn’t feeling well … and John said, ‘I think I need to go to the hospital,’” Tim Asher said. “They called an ambulance, and he died on the way to the hospital.”
His brother, Tim Asher, believes that John was in good health after a battle with diabetes a couple of years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Dee, and three daughters.
John Asher Biography
John Asher was a radio journalist at WHAS-AM and WAVE-AM in Louisville. He earned five Eclipse Awards for “Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing.”
Condolences on Social Media – Twitter
Several people shared their condolences on social media, remembering his “hearty laugh” and his in-depth knowledge of horse racing.
My heart is shattered. John Asher was not just one of the best people in racing, he was one the most exceptional, generous, funny, knowledgeable beings one could ever know. Have never known Churchill without him as its heart and soul. Can’t imagine it and this world without him.
— Alicia Wincze Hughes (@BH_AHughes) August 27, 2018
So sad to learn of the passing of John Asher. I admired him on so many levels. Knowledgeable , professional, and the perfect ambassador for Churchill Downs and our city. Above all, he was a man who cherished his family. I will miss your friendly voice my friend.
— John Ramsey (@JohnRamseyUofL) August 27, 2018
So heartbroken. The world knows John Asher as the voice of thoroughbred racing and its #1 fan – and he was the best. I also know him as a strong community leader fighting for those who have little. 1/2
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) August 27, 2018
In total shock! When I think of Churchill Downs, this is the man I did and will always remember. John Asher and the Spires. The surest bet and perfect exacta!!! Will miss you tremendously sir. pic.twitter.com/cE29yOtUq1
— scott eckhardt (@theeck1) August 27, 2018