The broadcasting and former rugby legend Eddie Butler has sadly passed away at the age of 65. He died in his sleep on a charity trek in Puru.
Butler was in recent times known for his work with the BBC, as the lead rugby commentator for the station. His was the moving voice for many of the BBC’s poignant sporting and political montages over the years, and incidentally had his final one marking the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
We are devastated by the passing of our much loved and admired ambassador Eddie Butler.
Please read our full statement here. pic.twitter.com/AqVE9j3WN3
— Prostate Cymru (@ProstateCymru) September 15, 2022
He was a fantastic player in his time, establishing himself through club side Pontypool, before going on to play for and eventually captain his national side, Wales. A talented number eight, Butler also went on tour with the British and Irish Lions back in 1983 over in New Zealand.
Following his retirement from rugby, Butler went on to become a newspaper journalist with the Sunday Correspondent in 1988. From here he went on to work for both the Observer and the Guardian, before returning to BBC Wales in 1990.
Many fans will remember his brilliant commentating partnerships with the likes of Brian Moore and Jonathan Davies, bringing us some of the most fantastic matches over the past couple of decades.
A hugely talented man in every discipline of his life, his voice and heart alike will have touched those around the world.
Colleagues and fans have been spreading their tributes to the great man:
Stunned at the news and passing of Eddie Butler. Thoughts with his family. What an amazing contribution to rugby and broadcasting. A privilege to have played and co-commentated with his voice. RIP Eddie 🙏 pic.twitter.com/AEMGSXKdhG
— Sam Warburton (@samwarburton_) September 15, 2022
“To put the seal on the win, to put the cream on the Grand Slam cake!”
Nobody could have said it better than Eddie Butler. RIP.
— Jamie Phillips (@JNPhillips4) September 15, 2022
Eddie Butler was a true commentary great – the recognisable voice of the sport to millions & unrivalled in his storytelling behind the mic. Captain of Wales and a superb player, he was also a true gentleman. I am deeply shocked. My thoughts are with his family and BBC colleagues.
— Sir Bill Beaumont (@BillBeaumont) September 15, 2022
Everyone in @IrishRugby is saddened by the news of the death of Eddie Butler.
Former @WelshRugbyUnion captain, legendary broadcaster and always a welcome presence in @AVIVAStadiumADVERTISEMENT
Our thoughts & prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2enYZ0pbzy
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) September 15, 2022
Eddie Butler paying tribute to Phil Bennett earlier this year.
Two of the very best at what they did.
Legends. RIP ❤❤pic.twitter.com/twI29dSfQa
— TheWelshDragon 🏴🐉 (@TheWelshDragon9) September 15, 2022