We are heartbroken to report that Lou Somogyi passed away yesterday morning at the age of 58. He posted an article on this site just before 9:00 a.m. and went to play tennis. He died of an apparent heart attack after finishing up.
Lou was the best writer/reporter combination we have ever had the privilege to work with. His knowledge of Notre Dame sports was unmatched, his work ethic was extraordinary, his care for Blue & Gold Illustrated and BlueandGold.com was always at the highest level, and his character was impeccable. By every measure, he was a five-star employee.
Also a special friend, Lou was unassuming, self-deprecating, kind and thoughtful — one of the nicest individuals I ever known. Like most that knew him, I loved and respected Lou.
I have been preparing a brief history of our company’s 40 years in business, and this is what I wrote about him:
Lou’s unbelievable knowledge and recall of Notre Dame sports (he can tell you the name of the third-string center for a game played in 1993), his sense of ownership in Blue & Gold, his incredible work ethic and his kind personality are all very, very special. I marvel at his insights and writing and reporting skills. Working with him is an honor.