John Motson was even popular with the royals! On Thursday afternoon, the sad news broke that the British sports commentator passed away. In his 50-year career, he hosted ten World Cups and numerous important games – and gained many admirers in the process. One of his biggest fans was Prince William (40), who is known to be a football fanatic. The British heir to the throne has now made a statement about John’s death online.
Commenting on his passing on his official Twitter account, William said: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of John Motson – he was a legend and his voice was football.” He further emphasized: “My thoughts are with his family and friends.” The Prince of Wales received a lot of encouragement on the short message platform for his obituary.
John’s death was confirmed by his family. The Sun quoted the official statement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that John Motson passed away peacefully today in his sleep.” Further information such as the funeral date has not yet been announced.