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US sports broadcaster Enberg dies at 82

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Dick Enberg waves to the crowd during a ceremony held before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 29 September 2016Image copyright
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Dick Enberg waves to the crowd at a baseball game in San Diego, California

US sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, famous for his cries of “Oh my!” while covering events over a career spanning almost 60 years, has died aged 82.

He was found dead at his family home in San Diego after suffering a suspected heart attack, his family has said.

Enberg received several awards for his sports coverage for US broadcasters, including NBC, CBS and ESPN.

His daughter, Nicole, confirmed his death after he failed to catch a flight to Boston on Thursday, US media report.

During his career, Enberg covered 10 American football Super Bowls and 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments.

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Enberg with his Lifetime Contribution Award for services to sports broadcasting in August

His work was celebrated with numerous awards, including 13 Emmys and the Ronald Reagan Media Award. He was also entered into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

In August, Enberg was awarded the 2017 Lifetime Contribution Award for his services to sports broadcasting by the Detroit Sports Media.

Fans and former colleagues have been paying tribute to the popular broadcaster on Twitter.

John Ireland, a sports broadcaster for US radio, said Enberg was “a Mount Rushmore” of sports announcers.

While Chuck Swirsky, a radio announcer for the Chicago Bulls basketball team, posted a number of tweets in which he said he would “mourn” the loss of an “icon”, but added that he would “celebrate his humanity, humility and sincerity”.

Others simply tweeted: “Oh my!”

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