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UK sports broadcaster David Coleman dies aged 87
British sports broadcaster David Coleman, who covered Olympics and World Cups, dies at 87
Associated Press
2013-12-21 11:01 PM

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

A family statement said Coleman died peacefully with his family at his bedside after a short illness. A day of death was not given.

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 Olympic movement.

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 a BBC career that spanned over 40 years he set the standard that so many others have tried to emulate."

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