Don Banks, a veteran NFL writer and reporter, died Sunday at the age of 56 while in Stark County covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Banks was in Canton in part to honor fellow writer Sam Farmer, who received the Dick McCann Award.

Banks was hired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in July to cover the NFL. He was in Canton covering the Hall of Fame ceremony along with the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night between the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos. Banks’ first project with the Review-Journal was published on Sunday morning. It was about how the television show “Hard Knocks” impacted the 2018 Cleveland Browns.

Paramedics were called to the hotel room where Banks was staying in North Canton. He was found unresponsive and pronounced dead, according to the Review-Journal.

Banks spent 17 years as a reporter for Sports Illustrated. Most recently, Banks spent time at The Athletic and Patriots.com. He spent the 2016 season as a contributor to NFL.com. Banks also covered the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Banks’ wife, Alissa, confirmed to the Review-Journal that he died in his sleep.

“He was re-energized and so invigorated by the opportunity to work (for the Review-Journal),” she told the Review-Journal. “He couldn’t wait to get started. It was the happiest I have seen him in quite some time.”