Darts commentator and Soccer Saturday legend John Gwynne dies aged 77

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Tributes have poured in for legendary darts commentator and Soccer Saturday legend John Gwynne, 77, who has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Gwynne also broadcasted on Rugby League, Cricket, and Speedway throughout his lengthy career. The broadcaster was given the distinction of being inducted into the Professional Darts Corporation's Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also a match reporter for the flagship Sky Sports show.

Former colleagues and darts stars have all weighed in with tributes for the well-respected broadcaster following news of his death. "John was a respected and popular figure in darts and across sports media and this is a sad time for all who knew him," said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

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"As part of the original Sky Sports commentary team alongside Sid Waddell and Dave Lanning, John's distinctive voice was part of the soundtrack to the PDC's formative years and they formed an iconic trio.

"John was hugely passionate about the sport of darts and made a great contribution at all levels during his career. We send our condolences and sympathies to John's family and friends."

James Wade added: "Very sad news this morning to hear the passing of John Gwynne such a gentleman. Sending all our thoughts to his family and friends."

Bobby George tweeted: "RIP John Gwynne. A very sad day. We had some laughs mate. Deepest sympathy go out to your family and friends."

"From a winning double at the Tavern to a last-minute equaliser at Scotland & all points in between," added Sky Sports' David Croft.

"John’s enthusiasm & energy breathed so much life into every commentary and report. RIP John Gwynne, it was truly a pleasure to have known you & such a pleasure to listen to you."

"So sad at the passing of John Gwynne, who was a giant of a voice on TV as a I grew up, and a genuinely lovely man," tweeted cricket legend Graeme Swann.

While walk-on girl Charlotte Wood added: "Fly high John…you were simply the best….the darts family will all miss you so much."

Keith Deller tweeted: "Just woke up to hear the sad news that one of the best darts commentators we have had the privilege to hear and also a good friend of mine John Gwynne has sadly passed."

"Really sad news this morning. Absolutely legendary voice, instantly recognisable. Was a regular on Soccer Saturday since the late 90s & of course on the darts. RIP John," added Gary Taphouse.

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