Legendary sports commentator Jimmy Magee has passed away.
The New York-born broadcaster, who grew up in Louth, died after being ill for some time confirmed an RTÉ Sport report.
The ‘Memory Man’ commentated on an incredible eleven Olympic Games and twelve World Cups over the course of a broadcasting career which lasted more than half a century. While he is most renowned for working with RTÉ, Magee also did freelance work for Channel 4 and UTV.
Some of the standout moments from Magee’s career include commentating on the 1966 World Cup, which England eventually won beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time, as well as Katie Taylor’s 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning performance.
Tributes have been pouring in all morning following the unfortunate news of Magee’s passing.
Sad news to hear that Jimmy Magee has passed away. One of the best commentators of Irish sport ever RIPJimmy ?
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) September 20, 2017
RIP Jimmy Magee. Our song was "Seven Spanish Angels"… the best travel companion ever. A pure rogue for the Craic.❤️ pic.twitter.com/PNJL9BlGaf
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) September 20, 2017
Jimmy Magee #rip another gone from the sound track of our youth. Unbelievably supportive, always positive, different class..
— Ryle Nugent (@RyleNugentRTE) September 20, 2017
Heartbroken & saddened to hear the legendary Jimmy Magee has passed away. Jimmy was a great colleague & even better friend. I'll miss him. pic.twitter.com/hW2prMB6fd
— Marty Morrissey (@MartyM_RTE) September 20, 2017
Terribly sad news about Jimmy Magee. He was an absolute gent with an endless love and knowledge of Sport, especially Irish sport. RIP
— Laurence Kinlan (@laurencekinlan) September 20, 2017
— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) September 20, 2017