Legendary Sports Commentator Darrell Eastlake Dies
Veteran sports announcer Darrell Eastlake has died after a battle with Alzheimers disease. He was 75.
The former Wide World of Sports commentator, who also called State of Origin and Commonwealth Games, had been battling Alzheimer's and emphysema for several years.
The Nine Network, where he called Origin and other sports for many years, announced his death on the Today show on Thursday.
The network's Director of Sport Tom Malone told colleagues Eastlake understood "sport is entertainment, and for the average person, a momentary escape from their everyday life".
"Darrell's impact on Australian sport cannot be overstated. He was one of the leading voices and faces of Wide World of Sports."
"He revolutionised sports like weightlifting, Formula 1, and superbikes with his trademark excitement and 'HUUGE' commentary," Malone said in a statement.
Eastlake was known for his trademark booming voice and worked in television and radio for more than 40 years.
He died at his nursing home on the NSW Central Coast with his wife Julie by his side.
"He gets very down because he thinks he's forgotten, but he's not forgotten, he's really and truly not," Mrs Eastlake told Nine's A Current Affair in 2016.
RIP Darrell Eastlake - remember fondly so many of his calls of different sports. My favourite still is this call of this Wally Lewis hit "WHAT ABOUT THAT HIT FROM LEWIS! TALK ABOUT A BONE RATTLER!" pic.twitter.com/y0puEXoEiV— Adrian Arciuli (@Adrian_Arciuli) April 18, 2018
AFL commentator and Nine personality Eddie McGuire, who worked with Eastlake at the Commonwealth Games, said he was "larger than life", and a man who did his homework.
"He was a great teammate and I had many great times with him. He was sensational on air," McGuire said.