Obituaries



Ted Brown

ESPN producer Ted Brown died aged 36 on 24 January after suffering a heart attack while on assignment with the sports network covering the Australian Open.

National audiences appreciated Brown's work at ESPN and ABC, where his credits include the 2015 Women's NCAA Tournament Graphics Manager, 2015 Australian Open Lead Match Graphics Producer and 2014-15 and 2013-14 College Football Co-Graphics Manager. Additional graphics projects included the FIFA World Cup, Confederations Cup, college football on ABC and U.S. Open 

From Connecticut, Brown had worked at ESPN since 2007. He is survived by his wife Elaine and two-year-old son Henry.

Gerald Williams

Former Sky Sports and BBC tennis commentator Gerald Williams passed away on Friday 22 January at the age of 86.

Williams, alongside Des Lynam, presented BBC Sport's coverage from Wimbledon for many years, and provided updates from the tournament for Sky Sports in the later years of his career. After giving up commentary due to fading eyesight, Williams reflected on his TV career and said: "I've seen many great players but I would say that Pete Sampras is the best I've seen." He also said Roger Federer was "the most perfect player I have ever seen".

BBC Sport presenter Sue Barker said: "I always admired his style and humour and was thrilled when he asked me to be his co-commentator many times. He was always so helpful and encouraging and I knew I was learning from the very best."

She added: "We remained close friends on and off air - dinners with Gerry were always full of laughter and his love of tennis was infectious.

"He was a wonderful commentator and broadcaster, but above all a great friend."



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