“Fred had an amazing ability to exude intelligence, humor and charm whenever he was on camera,” Jim Walton, former president of CNN Worldwide, as stated in a text

Mike Hill, who worked at Fox and ESPN SportsA Twitter user,, said that Mr. Hickman was an African role model. “Long before I was inspired by any sports anchor on ‘SportsCenter,’” He wrote. “Fred was the anchor I looked up to. He was solid, great & looked like ME. A rarity back then.”

Mr. Hickman left CNN 1984 was the year of anchor sports at Detroit’s WDIV TV. He developed a cocaine addiction while there.

“I was a young kid and I was in a city that I didn’t particularly like,” He told The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester (N.Y.) in 1993. In 1986, he was released from rehab and returned to the station. CNN Charles, later in the year. He continued to be on “Sports Tonight” From 2001 to 2001. (Mr. Charles was killed in 2011).

While at Turner Broadcasting is the parent company CNNHe also hosted an N.B.A. TBS hosts a pregame, postgame and N.F.L. show. TNT pregame and postgame shows. He and Mr. Charles also hosted TNT’s 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics coverage.

In 2000, Mr. Hickman made news when it was revealed that he had cast the only vote against Shaquille O’Neal for the National Basketball Association’s Most Valuable Player Award. He preferred Allen Iverson. That choice led to anonymous threats of personal harm on his office voice mail and to antipathy from Mr. O’Neal for being denied a unanimous vote.

After Mr. Hickman’s long run at CNNHis career became peripatetic after a few short periods. at YES, ESPN & Fox Sports South, where his programming included Atlanta Braves programming as well as stations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Hagerstown (Md.). He was a news anchor in Hagerstown and Baton Rouge, which allowed him to enjoy political coverage.