The Falcons shared a statement on McClure's death:
A number of colleagues and peers mourned the 48-year-old:
TURRON DAVENPORT @TDavenport_NFL
Really sad to hear the news earlier today that my ESPN NFL Nation teammate and friend Vaughn McClure passed away. Vaughn was an awesome guy. So many times I can remember him reaching out to me to make sure I was all good. Rest in power my guy. You will absolutely be missed.
Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson
Losing Vaughn McClure hurts. I met Vaughn years ago when he covered the #Bears and we both lived in Chicago, then enjoyed bumping into him in Atlanta from time to time. A special guy. Always upbeat, always asking how you were, always easy to smile or laugh. He'll be missed. #RIP
John Pluym, ESPN's senior deputy editor for digital NFL coverage, shared his experiences with McClure.
"We all loved Vaughn," Pluym said. "He had a heart of gold. He was so helpful to our reporters. In the last few hours, we've heard so many stories about how Vaughn had helped them with a story or how he put in a good word for them with a coach or player."
Prior to that, McClure worked with the Chicago Tribune and covered the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls. Upon graduating from Northern Illinois in 1994, he first started working for the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, Illinois, eventually moving on to the South Bend Tribune, Fresno Bee and Chicago Sun-Times.