, the popular co-host of podcast Total Soccer Show, died on Thursday night at the age of 40 following a 22-month battle with colon and liver cancer.
Grove, a native of
England, and business partner Taylor Rockwell
started Total Soccer Show in 2009 as a a half-hour radio show in Richmond, Virginia, but it soon grew to a successful podcast. Their ability to
break down and review big games and big events helped grow Total Soccer Show into a podcast with soccer listeners across the country.
Grove had many friends in the soccer community who
supported him and his family after he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in January 2019.
"I knew that people listened and liked the show, but it's almost like it was a lot more
than expected," he told
Soccer America's Arlo Moore-Bloom in an interview in June 2019. "The support and the positivity from people and the financial and emotional
support and people reaching out, a lot of that was a lot more than I expected. It sort of reinforced the idea that I'm just really happy that we ended up doing the Total Soccer Show. Because it's been
such a source of strength for me in a really tough time."
A GoFundMe campaign to cover medical bills and expenses surpassed $150,000. Grove continued to work while he sought treatment and
traveled to major soccer events until the pandemic hit in March. He met his wife Shannon
while studying in Ireland.