Eddie Butler’s broadcasting colleagues led the tributes following the previous Wales rugby captain’s demise aged 65.
BBC stalwart Butler died in his sleep on Thursday, throughout a charity trek in Peru.
Jonathan Davies and Brian Moore, who frequently sat alongside Butler within the commentary field, have been among the many first to pay their respects.
Former Wales playmaker Davies tweeted: “Completely devastated with the information about Eddie.
“Misplaced an enthralling man and an awesome good friend. My ideas are with Sue and all the kids.”
Butler starred in Pontypool’s back-row within the Nineteen Seventies, earlier than breaking via with Wales in 1980.
The completed broadcaster’s poetic poise and lilt lent itself in later years to vibrant voice-over items, usually delivered on Olympics obligation.
Moore lamented the lack of an “iconic” voice in sports activities broadcasting and a “very pricey good friend”.
“Ed, I’m sorry I by no means informed you ways a lot I admired you as a broadcaster and as a person,” he tweeted. “Nicely, it wasn’t like that between us, was it.
“Condolences to Sue and your loved ones. Sport has misplaced an iconic voice. I’ve misplaced a really pricey good friend. Goodbye Edward.”
Tv presenter Gabby Logan, who fronts the BBC’s Six Nations protection, added: “Eddie was a beautiful broadcaster, the kindest man and such nice firm.
“Many people who labored with him are heartbroken.”
Tributes have been additionally paid by Wales’ politicians, with First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeting: “Extraordinarily unhappy to listen to of Eddie’s passing.
“Eddie was an unbelievable participant and a supremely proficient broadcaster. Wales will miss him terribly.”
Butler had, lately, been a vocal supporter of Welsh independence, addressing crowds at a march in Merthyr Tydfil in 2019.
Plaid Cymru chief Adam Value praised Butler’s “lyricism and humanity” and stated folks could be marching for the previous British and Irish Lion at a forthcoming independence rally in Cardiff.
“Eddie Butler was probably the most particular man – a voice whose lyricism and humanity resonated throughout the nation, the generations, the world,” tweeted Value.
“Now we have misplaced one of many greats. Pondering of Eddie’s household and the various others who liked him. Come October 1 Eddie Mawr (Huge Eddie) we’ll march for you.”
Former Wales captain Sam Warburton paid tribute to Butler’s “wonderful contribution” to sport and journalism.
“Surprised on the information and passing of Eddie Butler,” stated Warburton.
“Ideas along with his household. What a tremendous contribution to rugby and broadcasting.
“A privilege to have performed and co-commentated along with his voice. RIP Eddie.”
World Rugby chairman and Grand Slam-winning England captain Sir Invoice Beaumont hailed Butler’s peerless commentary brilliance.
“Eddie Butler was a real commentary nice – the recognisable voice of the game to thousands and thousands and unrivalled in his storytelling behind the mic,” Beaumont tweeted.
“Captain of Wales and an outstanding participant, he was additionally a real gentleman. I’m deeply shocked. My ideas are along with his household and BBC colleagues.”