British broadcaster David Coleman has died at the age of 87.

The former Bbc sports commentator passed away on Saturday (21Dec13) at his home in England after suffering a short illness.

A statement from his family reads, "We regret to announce the death of David Coleman Obe, after a short illness. He died peacefully with his family at his bedside."

The renowned commentator worked for the Bbc for almost 50 years, covering 11 summer Olympic Games, his final one in Sydney in 2000. He also covered six soccer World Cup tournaments.

He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (Obe) medal in 1992 for his services to sport and in 2000, he became the first broadcaster to receive an Olympic Order medal to recognise his contribution to the Olympic movement.

The Bbc's director general, Tony Hall, has paid tribute to Coleman, saying, "David Coleman was one of this country's greatest and most respected broadcasters.

"Generations grew up listening to his distinctive and knowledgeable commentary. Whether presenting, commentating or offering analysis, he set the standard for all today's sports broadcasters. Our thoughts are with his family and many friends."