BBC sports broadcaster David Coleman dies at 87

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm •  Published: December 21, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — David Coleman, a British sports broadcaster who covered 11 Summer Olympics for the BBC and six World Cups, has died. He was 87.

A family statement Saturday said he died with family at his bedside after a short illness. No other details were disclosed.

Coleman retired from the BBC in 2000 after covering the Sydney Olympics. He became the first broadcaster to receive an Olympic Order medal to recognize his contribution to the Olympics.

BBC director of sport Barbara Slater described Coleman as "one of broadcasting's most authoritative and identifiable voices that graced so many pinnacle sporting moments." Slater added that in Coleman's BBC career of more than 40 years "he set the standard that so many others have tried to emulate."

British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "Sad to hear David Coleman has died — the voice of BBC Sport for as long as I can remember."

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