Famous people have paid tribute to Sid Waddell, the commentator from Alnwick who became known as the 'Voice of Darts". He died at the weekend of bowel cancer, aged 72.
The actor Stephen Fry, told more than 4 million followers on Twitter:
"Farewell Sid Waddell: Cambridge educated but always loyal to darts and his beloved NE: master of the wild epithet & the true voice of darts."
Chris Kamara, the former footballer from Middlesbrough who is now himself a sports commentator, wrote:
"Just heard the sad news about the Legend that was Sid Waddell. RIP Sid a top fellow. I will miss seeing him in Sky, we always had a giggle."
Robbie Savage, the former Wales international footballer, who also now works as a pundit, said:
"Sid Waddell, What a legend, you'll be missed, best darts commentator ever! Rip Sid x"
Michael Owen, the former England, Liverpool and Manchester United player said:
"Very sad to hear that the legendary Sid Waddell has lost his fight with bowel cancer. Darts commentary will never be the same again. RIP Sid."
The England and Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney said:
"Sad news to hear about Sid Waddell. Made darts so much better to watch. He will be missed. Legend. RIP SID."
The journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan said:
"So sad to hear about Sid Waddell. The linguistic genius of the oche. RIP."