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Cricket commentator Tony Cozier dies at age 75

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2016 | 5:17 AM
Tony Cozier was admitted to hospital on May 3 in Barbados for tests related to infections in the neck and legs. He has passed away.

Legendary West Indian commentator Tony Cozier has died at the age of 75 after a short illness in Barbados.

Cozier was admitted to hospital on May 3 in Barbados for tests related to infections in the neck and legs.

A familiar and respected voice around the world, the Barbadian will be remembered for a career in TV, radio and journalism spanning 58 years.

Cozier's outstanding career coincided with the halcyon days of West Indies cricket during the 1970s and 1980s, and he continued to chronicle the regional team’s fortunes over the last few decades of their decline.

Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of the Nation newspaper in Barbados. 

The son of a journalist, Cozier studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and began commentating and writing on West Indian cricket in 1958.

He played hockey as a goalkeeper for Barbados and cricket as an opening batsman and wicketkeeper for two Barbados clubs, Wanderers and Carlton.

But he became a household name through his work with major media organisations throughout the world, including the BBC, Channel Nine and Sky.