Larry Cotlar, lead commentator for Drake University sports teams, died on Saturday at the age of 66.
Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Des Moines police said Cotlar died in a flash flood when a rush of water swept him away after his van stalled on a street.
"We all had the utmost respect—not just for Larry's talent, but for the kind of quality person and colleague he was. Larry was loyal, passionate and tireless," Drake athletic director Brian Hardin said.
The Des Moines area received between three to eight inches of rain on Saturday night, leading to homes and businesses in the area to be evacuated.
Per Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register, Cotlar spent 44 years working in radio, including 13 years as Drake basketball's play-by-play announcer after being hired in 2005.