Sports Photographer Anthony Causi Dies of Coronavirus at 48

Well-known sports photographer Anthony Causi died Sunday from the coronavirus at the age of 48. Causi captured photos of New York City sports teams for the New York Post in a career that spanned over 25 years.

The Post reported Causi’s death yesterday and honored him today with a back cover today that reads: “Our Eyes, Our Heart. And Our City’s Loss.”

Causi had been hospitalized at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island at the time of his passing. Three weeks ago, on March 22nd, Causi posted a selfie to his Instagram that showed him receiving oxygen at a hospital.

“I never thought I would get something like this,” the photographer wrote. “I thought I was indestructible. If I do make it out of here. I promise you this the worlds not going to know what hit it.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Causi graduated from Pace University before joining the New York Post in 1994 as a photo messenger. Climbing the ranks, he became a photo editor and then finally a full-time photographer that documented top-tier NYC teams across a wide range of sports, including the Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets, Knicks, Rangers, and more.

One of his most celebrated photos shows Yankees legend Mariano Rivera from behind as he exits the bullpen and trots into a sold-out Yankee Stadium:

“Anthony Causi was our colleague, our friend, and a brilliant journalist,” says Post editor-in-chief Stephen Lynch. “He was, quite simply, one of the best sports photographers in New York City, capturing all the major moments of the past 25 years. Soft-spoken, funny, but most of all kind — he was respected by those he photographed and admired by those with whom he worked.

“The Post that you read, and the newsroom that we work in, are less colorful today because of his absence. Our hearts go out to his family, and we share their grief.”

Tributes to Causi have been posted to social media by prominent photographers, athletes, and journalists:

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Causi is survived by his wife, two children (ages 2 and 5), two sisters, and parents. A GoFundMe has been set up with the goal of raising $150,000 to support his family during this difficult time.