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David Coleman Dead: BBC Sports Broadcaster Dies At 87

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BBC Commentator David Coleman during the Grand National, at Aintree near Liverpool, 1980. (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images) | Bob Thomas via Getty Images

LONDON (AP) — British sports broadcaster David Coleman, who covered 11 Summer Olympics for the BBC and six World Cups, has died. He was 87.

A family statement said he died with family at his bedside after a short illness. No other details were disclosed.

Coleman retired from the BBC in 2000 after covering the Sydney Olympics. He became the first broadcaster to receive an Olympic Order medal to recognize his contribution to the Olympics.

BBC director of sport Barbara Slater described Coleman as "one of broadcasting's most authoritative and identifiable voices that graced so many pinnacle sporting moments."

Slater added that in Coleman's BBC career of more than 40 years "he set the standard that so many others have tried to emulate."

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