Commentator Nigel Pearson passes away

Nigel Pearson (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

The Professional Darts Corporation sends its condolences to the family and friends of commentator Nigel Pearson, who passed away on Friday.

Nigel, 52, had commentated on darts for over 15 years since joining the Sky Sports team in 2006.

He has also presented Sky Sports' coverage during that time, and this year worked with the PDC on commentary of European Tour, Players Championship and Women's Series events.

Nigel was also a vastly experienced speedway presenter and commentator - as well as being involved with the Cradley Heath club, who he supported as a boy - and also covered football extensively on radio for talkSPORT.

"We're all deeply saddened to learn that Nigel has passed away and send our sympathies to all who knew him," said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

"Nigel was an extremely popular figure across darts and a range of sports and well-respected throughout the media for his unique style. He'll be missed by us all."

A West Brom fan, Nigel worked with British Speedway as their press officer and has also worked as a host and MC for sporting events.

Nigel partnered the late Sid Waddell to commentate on Raymond van Barneveld's historic first nine-darter at the PDC World Championship - relive the moment below.

Tributes have been paid across social media from colleagues and friends, including these Tweets.

British Speedway


Sky Sports

West Bromwich Albion, who Nigel supported

PDC star Gerwyn Price

Broadcaster Emma Paton

Broadcaster Laura Woods

Football club Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rugby league club Featherstone Rovers, who Nigel supported

Broadcaster Ian Danter

PDC star Michael van Gerwen

16-time World Champion Phil Taylor

Broadcaster Adrian Durham

PDC star Jamie Hughes

Broadcaster Polly James

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