Dan Walker: BBC host pays tribute to ‘mesmerising’ sports hero Kevin Gearey

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BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker, 43, was among those who paid tribute to late BBC sports reporter Kevin Gearey, who died aged 66. He worked at the broadcaster for 32 years before leaving the corporation in 2011.

He had a mesmerising command of the English language & was a master of words

Dan Walker

Kevin reportedly passed away after suffering a long illness.

His son Paddy, who is also a BBC Sport journalist, said: “Dad was always proud of working for the BBC and made a great many friends there. He was amazing and we will miss him terribly but we all have so many brilliant memories of him.”

After news broke on 23 December of his passing, many took to social media to share their condolences with his family.

Dan posted a clip to Twitter of his favourite interviews of Kevin doing what he did best, and described him as “mesmerising”.

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“Very sad to hear about the death of Kevin Gearey,” Dan began.

“I used to love watching him craft a piece of television.

“He had a mesmerising command of the English language & was a master of words.”

He added: “‘Kevin Gearey reports’ was always followed by a minute of TV gold.”

Paddy thanked him for his kind words, commenting: “Thanks Dan, means a lot.

“This is when Twitter shines, amazing to read all these tributes.”

Kevin leaves his wife Nicola, three children, and three grandchildren.

Elsewhere, the BBC host used the social media site to write to concerned viewers about his Football Focus co-star Alex Scott, who had broken down after watching a film about late French football manager Gérard Houllier.

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It comes after the ex Liverpool FC star died age 73 on Monday in Paris, after a heart operation.

The BBC show broadcast a special video about Gérard during their latest broadcast, but it all came a bit too much for Alex as the 36-year-old struggled to speak after Dan mentioned him.

He remarked towards his colleague: “He was real gent. There has been some beautiful tributes this week from so many people. They said he not only made them better players, but a better person as well.”

“Yeah…” she replied, her voice breaking. “That one got to me, that.”

Later on Twitter, he revealed that the piece had “really hit her” after being asked by those watching at home how she was in view of his 672,000 followers.

One user urged: “Hi Dan. Please look after Alex. She is a real diamond. Stay safe.”

He wrote back to confirm that she was OK: “Thank you. She’s ok. The beautiful piece on Houllier really hit her as it did to a lot of our viewers today.”

BBC Breakfast airs weekdays at 6am on BBC One.

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