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Football Commentator John Motson’s Cause of Death


The legendary BBC football commentator hailed as the “voice of football”, John Motson’s cause of death was revealed after he passed away on February 23, 2023, at the age of 77.

The broadcaster confirmed the tragic death news. May he rest in peace; we send our deepest sympathies to his loved ones, family, friends, and fans.

Motson served for 5 decades for the BBC and commentated on more than 2,500 games on television and radio. Known for his trademark sheepskin coat and affectionately nicknamed “Motty”, he covered 10 World Cups, 10 European Championships, and 29 FA Cup finals for the BBC before retiring from the broadcaster in 2018.

His final game for Match of the Day was that year when he was behind the microphone for Crystal Palace’s 2-0 home win against West Brom before being invited onto the pitch and given a standing ovation by supporters. He later came out of retirement for a stint at TalkSport.

The Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He was a standard setter for us all. He was a very serious broadcaster but he was a really fun guy to be around. He had a great sense of humor. Just a few days after Dickie Davies left us, broadcasting has taken two very big hits. [Motson] was an icon and a beacon to us all.”

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Figures from across the footballing world on Thursday paid tribute to the commentator, among them Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “RIP John Motson. An absolute legend of the game. “So many of us grew up listening to this man describing the action and goals on MOTD and cup finals. A sad loss.”

Former England striker and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker also posted a tribute, writing: “Deeply saddened to hear that John Motson has died. “A quite brilliant commentator and the voice of football in this country for generations.

“He’ll be very much missed. RIP Motty.”

Fellow commentator, Clive Tyldesley, who worked alongside Motson at BBC Sport in the 1990s, wrote: “As a teenager, I just wanted to be John Motson. Nobody else. Terribly sad.”

Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler also paid a touching tribute, saying Motson’s preparation ahead of games was “second to none”. He told Sky Sports News: “First of all, he was someone I admired in terms of the profession, enormously. His preparation was second to none, his attention to detail, his wish to know everything possible about the game he was about to broadcast. He was a real example to me for that.”

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