Legendary football commentator John Motson OBE, who worked with BBC for over 50 years, died aged 77. Here is more about the death of the commentating great.

Motson spent most of his career serving the BBC, covering several major football world events.

He covered ten FIFA World Cups, 29 FA Cup Finals, and 10 European Championships for BBC Sports.

The legendary commentator had voiced in over 2500 televised games.

He started working for BBC in 1968 as a sports presenter for Radio 2, and his first commentary was Everton vs. Derby County in December 1969.

Motson announced his retirement from BBC in September 2017. His last commentary was Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace on 13 May 2018.

Following the match, Motson was invited to the pitch and applauded by fans.

Roy Hodgson gave him a copy of his first and last matches at Selhurst Park club stadium and a crystal microphone.

Motty was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for contributing to sports broadcasting and football in the 2001 Birthday Honours.

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John Motson Death Cause: Did The Football Commentator Die Of Cancer?

John Motson OBE passed away peacefully in his sleep on 23 February 2023. The cause of his death was not revealed.

Motson’s family released a statement announcing John Motson death.

The statement read, “It is with great sadness we announce that John Motson OBE died peacefully in his sleep today.”

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John Motson was a regular voice for BBC Sports for five decades, covering several major football matches. (Source: The Times)

The legendary commentator had no significant sickness; there were no reports of him getting ill before his death. However, back in 2014, he was diagnosed with cancer. As noted by Fox Sports, he even missed World Cup in Brazil that year.

Although there is no mention of Motson, aged 77, passing due to cancer, there’s a high chance the tumor killed him.

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John Motson Obituaries And Tribute

John Motson death has many football enthusiasts and media pouring their tribute and obituaries on social media.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher posted on Twitter that Motson was an absolute legend of the game. 

Like Jamie, many British people grew up listening to Motty describe the actions and goals at Match of the Day and Cup finals.

Many footballer personalities and clubs paid their tributes to John Motson. (Source: Sky News)

Football legend Gary Lineker also posted his tribute on Twitter, saying that Motson was a “brilliant commentator and the voice of football in this country for generations.”

Premier League clubs such as Liverpool FC, Manchester United, Manchester City, Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, and many more English clubs paid their respect to Motson on social media.

The legendary commentator’s passing is covered in major media outlets, including BBC, Mirror, Daily Mail, Sky News, and many others.

John Motson Family Background And Married Life

John Walker Motson was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 10 July 1945.

Motson was raised in a religious household, as his father was a Methodist minister.

He was educated at Culford School, where football was generally frowned upon at the time, with rugby and cricket as significant sports.

Motty began working for the Barnet newspaper in 1963 and later worked for Sheffield Morning Telegraph in 1967.

John Motson and his wife, Anne, at the Royal Ascot together in 2018. (Source: The Irish Sun)

John was married to his wife Anne Motson. The couple had been married for 43 years and were the parents of a son, Frederick.

John Motson will be fondly remembered for all the voices he gave to our favorite football games.

Rest in peace, Motty. 

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