Dick Enberg, the legendary sportscaster who provided play-by-play coverage for nearly 60 years, died at the age of 82 on Thursday Morning, 21 December 2017.
The former sportscaster was found dead at his family home in San Diego after suffering a suspected heart attack. According to his wife Barbara, who told to the San Diego Union-Tribune, he likely died from a heart attack.
Former sports announcer Dick Enberg, Source: NPR
According to US media, his daughter, Nicole, confirmed his death after he failed to catch a flight from San Diego to Boston. She said:
He was dressed with his bags packed at the door.
Enberg, who worked for several networks throughout his career including CBS, NBC and ESPN, was most famous for his catchphrases, ’Oh, my!’ for exciting plays, and ‘Touch ‘em all’ for home runs.
Throughout his career, Enberg covered 10 American football and Super Bowls and 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments.
His work was celebrated with several awards including Ronald Regan Media Award and 13 Emmys. Enberg was also entered into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Enberg back in August showing Lifetime Contribution Award awarded by Detroit Sports Media
In August 2017, he was awarded the Lifetime Contribution Award of this year for delivering services to sports broadcasting by Detroit Sports Media.
After his death, his fans and former colleagues have been paying tribute him on Twitter. Jon Ireland, a US radio sports broadcaster said that ‘Enberg was a Mount Rushmore ‘of sports announcers.
If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he couldn't have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman. RIP.
— John Ireland (@LAIreland) December 22, 2017
While radio announcer of Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chuck Swirsky Twitted that he would mourn the loss of an icon however he added that he would ‘"celebrate his humanity, humility and sincerity."
RIP Dick Enberg. An icon. A sports broadcasting superstar as a human being. I had the pleasure of knowing Dick Enberg personally and found him warm, gracious, caring and always professional. Thoughts and prayers to his wife Barbara and his family.
— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) December 22, 2017
Enberg six-decade career ended after couldn't battle with death on Thursday morning. He was married twice in his life and had six children with two wives.