SBS has confirmed that legendary football journalist and commentator Les Murray has died aged 71.
Michael Ebeid, CEO of SBS, revealed the death of Murray just minutes ago via Twitter.
Devastated at the news that our dear friend & colleague Les Murray has passed away. A great Australian who really has left a great legacy.
— Michael Ebeid (@michaelebeid) July 31, 2017
Affectionately known as “Mr Football”, Murray was host of The World Game on SBS from 2001 to 2014. The Hungarian-born journo also hosted other sports programs such as On the Ball (1984-2000) and Toyota World Sports (1990-2006) for the broadcaster.
In 2006, Murray stepped down from his position as SBS’s sports director to become an editorial supervisor for the broadcaster, while his on-air role remained the same.
That same year, Murray was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to association football.
Tributes have since flowed in for Murray from colleagues, fellow journalists and fans:
The world lost a football colossus this morning, Les Murray AM. He fought well into extra time but whistle has blown. His legacy is lasting
— Craig Foster (@Craig_Foster) July 31, 2017
— Jim Wilson (@JimWilsonTV) July 31, 2017
— Peter Kapsanis (@PeterKapsanis) July 31, 2017
NO! Les Murray what a legend he was! RIP #LesMurray
— Dean Del (@djdeandel) July 31, 2017
Utterly devastating. What a man. So generous and kind. He gave us so much. Vale Les Murray. https://t.co/Hg7hPa0V2r
— Sarah Abo (@_SarahAbo) July 31, 2017
Vale Les Murray. No one has done more for football in this country. RIP #LesMurray
— Flemo (@Flemo36) July 31, 2017
— Rick Lyon (@ricklyon) July 31, 2017