Harry Carpenter, the commentator who established a reputation as the voice of British boxing, has died in his sleep at the age of 84.
The BBC sports presenter, famous for his rapport with the former heavyweight champion Frank Bruno, died in hospital on Saturday. His lawyer said he had been unwell since having a minor heart attack last summer.
Tributes have poured in from across the world of boxing, with some ranking Mr Carpenter among the greatest commentators of all time.
Mr Bruno was said to be "very upset" at the “terrible” news.
"Frank has many acquaintances but not many real friends. Harry Carpenter was a friend," a spokesman for the former boxer said.
Mr Bruno’s catchphrase – “Know what I mean, ‘arry?” became a feature of his post-fight interviews with Mr Carpenter.
During the boxer’s world title fight against Mike Tyson in Las Vegas in 1989, the commentator’s let slip his support for the British boxer when he urged: "Go on ... get in there, Frank."
Mr Carpenter died at King's College Hospital in London in the early hours of Saturday morning.
His funeral, which has not yet been arranged, will be reserved for close family and friends, followed by a more public memorial service in London.
Mr Carpenter, who leaves a widow and one son, once speculated that his epitaph might read: "They stopped him talking at last."
Frank Maloney, the boxing promoter, paid tribute to "the voice of boxing".
He said: "He was probably one of the greatest commentators of all time. His voice was so distinctive and I remember all those Ali fights and Bruno fights he commentated on. It's like a piece of boxing history has been taken away."
Although it was his boxing commentary that made his name, Mr Carpenter's versatility led to him covering a range of sports.
Before his retirement in 1994, he covered all the major golf tournaments from 1967, tennis at Wimbledon from 1967 to 1993 and the Olympic games between 1956 and 1992.
The fish merchant’s son from South Norwood, London also presented Sportsnight, Grandstand and Sports Personality of the Year throughout much of the 1970s and 1980s.
Article taken from: Telegraph.co.uk By: Heidi Blake