Former BBC sports reporter Kevin Gearey dies aged 66

Former BBC sports reporter Kevin Gearey has died at the age of 66 after a long illness.

The journalist joined the BBC in March 1979 and worked at the corporation for 32 years.

Geary travelled the globe extensively and appeared on BBC news bulletins across both television and radio. He eventually left the BBC in 2011.

Geary leaves his wife Nicola, three children, and three grandchildren.

His son Paddy, who is a BBC Sport journalist, said: “Dad was always proud of working for the BBC and made a great many friends there. He was amazing and we will miss him terribly but we all have so many brilliant memories of him.”

Geary worked at the BBC for 32 years

BBC head of sports journalism Stephen Mawhinney said: “For more than three decades, Kevin covered the sporting world for the BBC with great insight and panache.

“His creativity and unparalleled writing skills made him a unique talent who has never been replaced. We offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this time.”

Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater described Gearey as “a true wordsmith with a wonderful turn of phrase that endeared him to audiences”, adding: “Kevin was an exceptionally talented reporter and journalist.

“He’ll be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

And Fran Unsworth, BBC director of news and current affairs, said Gearey was “a superb sports writer and reporter, whose witticisms amused and engaged audiences on TV and radio throughout his career”.

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