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Darts commentator Nigel Pearson dies aged 52 as Phil Taylor and Gerwyn Price pay tribute

The death of darts and speedway commentator Pearson was announced on Friday, prompting a spate of tributes from fans and peers

Popular TV presenter Nigel Pearson has died at the age of 52
Popular TV presenter Nigel Pearson has died at the age of 52

darts Legends have paid tribute to “a great guy and commentator” after the death of presenter and journalist Nigel Pearson aged 52.

Having spent more than a decade covering darts, Pearson was best known for his love of speedway. It was the sport’s governing body in Britain that broke the news of his death with a statement on social media.

“It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we announce today the death of popular sports commentator, presenter and journalist Nigel Pearson at the age of 52,” wrote the Official British Speedway. “We ask everyone to fully respect the privacy of Nigel’s family at this time.

“All our thoughts and love go out to his wife Kerrie, daughter Sarah and sons Liam and Jake. A full tribute to Nigel will follow.”

Number one darts player in the world Gerwyn Price was one of those who paid tribute to Pearson after hearing the news of his death. “I am shocked and saddened by the passing of the great commentator Nigel Pearson, I will miss him dearly. My thoughts are with all his family and friends,” the Welshman wrote Twitter.

PhilTaylor was another who paid his respects to Pearson. The retired 16-time world champion wrote: “Sad, sad news of the passing of Nigel Pearson. Always polite and a good guy. RIP.”

A PDC statement said: “Everyone in the PDC is deeply saddened to learn that legendary commentator Nigel Pearson passed away on Friday. Nigel will be sorely missed by everyone at the PDC and we extend our condolences to his family at this time. “

Pearson’s voice will have been heard by listeners and viewers on most major UK broadcasters. Over the years he has worked for Sky Sports, BT Sport, TalkSPORT and Eurosport amongst others, covering a wide variety of events but has excelled in his coverage of darts and speedway.

He was also a football fan and avid supporter of West Bromwich Albion. The Championship Club also paid tribute, writing: “We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Nigel Pearson. An inspirational channel. A big Albion fan. A true friend. Our thoughts are with Nigel’s family at this desperately sad time, miss you so, so much Nige.”

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