NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Saints fans are waking up this morning to sad news of the death of Hokie Gajan.
The cherished radio announcer, and former Saints running back, lost his battle to cancer.
It was announced that Gajan passed away peacefully in an intensive care unit Monday night with those closest to him by his side.
Back in November of 2015, during the Saints season, Gajan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Since then, fans and friends have come together to support the man who has made a big impact on Saints football.
The LSU Tiger turned New Orleans Saints player spent five seasons with the black and gold. He led the team in receiving yards in 1984.
That season Gajan also averaged six yards a carry on the ground which ranks fourth all time in NFL history.
Gajan retired from the NFL in 1987 and became a scout, a role he kept until 2000.
Leland Roussell, a Saints fan said: "It's a terrible thing but what are you going to do when you got cancer, he was a great football player and he got a lot of titles and stuff, it's a sad thing but we all got to go."