Eddie Butler praised “poetry and humanity” as honors after death

Eddie Butler’s broadcasting colleagues led the tributes following the death of the former Welsh rugby captain aged 65.

The stalwart BBC butler died in his sleep on Thursday while on a charity trip in Peru.

Jonathan Davies and Brian Moore, who regularly sat alongside Butler in the commentary box, were among the first to pay their respects.

Former Welsh playmaker Davies tweeted: “Completely devastated by the news of Eddie.

“I lost a charming husband and a great friend. My thoughts are with Sue and all the children.”

Butler played in Pontypool’s back row in the 1970s before breaking through with Wales in 1980.

The accomplished broadcaster’s poetic attitude and intonation lent itself to colorful voice-overs in later years, often performed on behalf of the Olympic Games.

Moore lamented the loss of an “iconic” voice on sports broadcasting and a “very dear friend”.

“Ed I’m sorry I never told you how much I admire you as a broadcaster and as a man,” he tweeted. “Well, it wasn’t like that between us, was it?

“Condolences to Sue and your family. The sport has lost an iconic voice. I lost a very dear friend. Goodbye Edward.”

TV presenter Gabby Logan, who hosts the BBC’s Six Nations coverage, added: “Eddie was a wonderful presenter, the kindest man and such great company.

“Many of us who have worked with him are heartbroken.”

Tributes were also paid by Welsh politicians, with First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeting: “Extremely sad to hear of Eddie’s death.

“Eddie was an incredible player and a tremendously talented presenter. Wales will miss him terribly.”

Butler has been a vocal supporter of Welsh independence in recent years, addressing crowds at a march in Merthyr Tydfil in 2019.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price praised Butler’s “lyricism and humanity” and said people would march for the former British and Irish lion at an upcoming independence rally in Cardiff.

“Eddie Butler was a very special man – a voice whose poetry and humanity resonated across the nation, generations and world,” Price tweeted.

“We lost one of the greats. I think of Eddie’s family and the many others who loved him. Come October 1st, Eddie Mawr (Big Eddie), we march for you.”

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton credited Butler’s “amazing contribution” to sport and journalism.

“Stunned at the news and death of Eddie Butler,” Warburton said.

“Thoughts of his family. What an amazing contribution to rugby and broadcasting.

“A privilege to have played and commented on his voice. RIP Eddie.”

World Rugby Chairman and Grand Slam winner Sir Bill Beaumont praised Butler’s unparalleled brilliant commentary.

“Eddie Butler was a truly great commentator – the recognizable voice of the sport to millions and unrivaled in his storytelling behind the mic,” Beaumont tweeted.

“Captain of Wales and a superb player, he was also a true gentleman. I am deeply shocked. My thoughts are with his family and his BBC colleagues.”

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