McEwen had battled cancer and poor blood circulation that led to one of his legs being amputated a year ago, according to his son, Rick McEwen.
“He’s not suffering anymore,” said his wife of 41 years, Linda. “He has been through a lot. We were pals. We had so many adventures together. We’re all going to miss him so much.”
He served as sports editor from 1962 until 1992 and wrote six columns a week for much of his career. McEwen’s final column appeared in 2001 and he wrote more than 10,000 during his career.
The 19-time Florida Sportswriter of the Year had a blog for TBO.com, where he wrote his final entry on June 3.
At least two press boxes were named for him, as was a street near Raymond James Stadium, where the Buccaneers play. McEwan was named Florida Sportswriter of the Year a record 19 times and won The Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in 1993. He also was a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.