Eddie Butler’s “Lyricism and Humanity” has been praised as tributes paid after death

Eddie Butler’s “Lyricism and Humanity” has been praised as tributes paid after death

Eddie Butler’s broadcast colleagues led the giveaways following the death of the former Wales rugby captain at the age of 65.

Loyal BBC supporter Butler died in his sleep on Thursday during a charity trip to Peru.

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

Former Wales playmaker Davies tweeted: “Totally devastated by the news about Eddie.

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

Butler starred in the back row of Pontypool in the 1970s, before breaking through with Wales in 1980.

The poetic balance and cadence of the established television station lent themselves in the following years to colorful off-screen voices, often spoken during the Olympics.

Moore lamented the loss of an “iconic” voice in sports broadcasts and a “dearest 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 with us, was it.

“Condolences to Sue and your family. Sport has lost an iconic voice. I lost a dear friend. Goodbye Edward “.

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

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

The tributes were also paid by Wales politicians, with Prime Minister Mark Drakeford tweeting: “Extremely sad about Eddie’s death.

“Eddie was an incredible player and an extremely talented broadcaster. Wales will miss him terribly ”.

Butler had been a staunch supporter of Welsh independence in recent years, addressing the crowd during a march to 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 in an upcoming independence rally in Cardiff.

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

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

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton paid tribute to Butler’s “extraordinary contribution” to sport and journalism.

“Stunned by the news and Eddie Butler’s disappearance,” Warburton said.

“Thoughts with his family. What an extraordinary contribution to rugby and broadcasting.

“A privilege to have played and co-commented with his voice. RIP Eddie.

Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby president and Grand Slam-winning England captain, praised the unparalleled brilliance of Butler’s comments.

“Eddie Butler was a truly great commentator: the recognizable voice of the sport for millions of people and unrivaled in his narrative behind the microphone,” Beaumont tweeted.

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

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