Tributes have been paid to Sid Waddell, the Northumberland born commentator who brought darts to a new audience.
Sid Waddell was seventy two. He had been suffering from cancer for some time. A statement from his manager read:
Sid Waddell was born in Alnwick and raised in Lynemouth. He won a scholarship to Cambridge and began his media career in 1972. Sid Waddell was well known for his wit and one-liners. In an interview with Tyne Tees Television, he described his style of commentary.
Sid Waddell had 11 books published including a guide to Geordie dialect, 'Taak of the Toon'.
Broadcaster John Helm was among those in the world of sport who paid tribute to his former colleague.