Saturday, 29 October 2016
Sky Sports darts commentator Dave Lanning dies, aged 78
Sky Sports darts commentator Dave Lanning has died at the age of 78 after a short illness.
Lanning called the first nine-dart finish to be televised, achieved by John Lowe in 1984, and was also a widely-respected speedway broadcaster and national newspaper contributor.
He was one of the Sky Sports' commentary team that broadcast the first PDC World Darts Championship in 1994 and remained a mainstay in the booth until his retirement in 2011 alongside the likes of John Gwynne and the legendary Sid Waddell, who died in 2012.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said: "Everyone at Sky Sports is saddened by the news of Dave's passing.
"He was a wonderful man whose commentaries enthralled our viewers, many of whom will remember his entertaining double act on the darts with Sid Waddell. On behalf of everyone at Sky Sports, I would like to send our deepest condolences to Dave's family and friends."
Lanning leaves behind Leona, his wife of 57 years, three children - Alyson, Russell and Philip - and a number of grandchildren.
"Dave was one of the pioneers of televised darts and his dulcet tones entertained us for over 30 years," said PDC chairman Barry Hearn.
"He gave us so many great memories with eloquence and style behind the microphone. He is now reunited with his old sparring partner Sid Waddell, and they can share a drink together again tonight."