Legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell has passed away at the age of 72 it has been confirmed after losing his battle with bowel cancer.
Dick Allix, his manager said:
“With great sadness, we announce that following a long illness, broadcaster and author Sid Waddell died peacefully with all his family around him late last night, Saturday August 11th, 2012.”
Waddell worked as a commentator for Sky Sports’ coverage of PDC Darts since 1994 and his distinguishable Geordie tones and idiosyncratic excitable style became synonymous with the sport.
Some of his best-known lines have become folklore in the sport. Some of his most memorable quotes include whien watching Eric Bristowe become World champion he said: ‘”When Alexander of Macedonia was 33, he cried salt tears because there were no more worlds to conquer – Bristow’s only 27.”
Other memorable quips include: “That’s the greatest comeback since Lazarus” and “The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in with a portion of chips, you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them.”
Waddell also commentated on Pool’s Mosconi Cup, had 11 books published and wrote sports-based children’s programme Jossy’s Giant and Sloggers for which he received a nomination for best scriptwriter by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
Tributes have flooded in from the darts world and beyone. Eric Bristow said to Sky Sports News
“Sid was top dog, wasn’t he? He’s not going to be replaced, he was a one-off. I remember a game he was commentating on, Cliff Lazarenko was playing Jocky Wilson. Cliff was about 22 stone and Jocky was about 17 stone and he said they were two athletes. I just cracked up.”
Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott tweeted: “Farewell to Sid Waddell – a man who did so much for darts and voiced so many memorable moments. A double top bloke.”