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Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Jack Whitaker dies at 95

Hall Of Fame Sports Broadcaster Jack Whitaker Dies Of Natural Causes At 95; Tributes Pour In

Jack Whitaker, the legendary sports broadcaster who over nearly forty years covered a wide range of sporting events from the first Super Bowl in 1967 to Secratariat’s 1973 Triple Crown, died Sunday in his hometown of Devon, Pennsylvania. He was 95.

According to CBS Sports — where Whitaker’s career began and for whom he worked for 22 years — the former sportscaster died of natural causes in his sleep.

“There will never be another Jack Whitaker in sports broadcasting,” CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “His amazing writing ability, on-air presence and humanity are unmatched. His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football was extraordinary.”

Among the other major sporting events Whitaker covered throughout his career — which started in the 1950s — were the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, which he helped announce as a member of ABC Sports.

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Whitaker, who was also known for being a prolific essayist, had been the only remaining play-by-play announcer from the first 21 Super Bowls who was still alive.

In 1979, Whitaker was named Outstanding Sports Personality at the inaugural Sports Emmy Awards Gala. In 2012, he received the Emmy for Sports Lifetime Achievement Award and was also inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Whitaker also served in the United States Army during World War II and was injured in France just weeks after the D-Day invasion in 1944.

Whitaker is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Kevin, Gerry and Jack Whitaker III and daughters Ann Hanan and Marybeth Helgevold.  The late sportscaster also has 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. No funeral arrangements have yet been made for Whitaker, according to CBS.

Here are the many tributes to Whitaker on social media from around the sports world:

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