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Sports commentator David Oates dies aged 50

4 February 2013

David Oates. who has died aged 50 after a short illness, had worked primarily as a BBC sports journalist covering football and rugby league for 25 years before becoming a freelance radio journalist two years ago.

A devoted Blackpool fan, his death has shocked colleagues and friends across the sporting community.

Richard Burgess, head of radio sport at the BBC, said:

"Everyone at BBC Radio Sport is in shock at this terrible news. David was a trusted and much-loved colleague who provided many years of loyal service to the BBC.
"His enthusiasm for commentating and reporting on football and rugby league was boundless – we will all remember with great affection his love of Blackpool FC in particular. To lose him at such a relatively young age is a tragedy."

Tags: broadcasting, sports, freelance, bbc