'He was the reason I loved West Indies': Cricket fraternity pays tribute to Tony Cozier
As the news spread social media exploded, and hundreds of fans and followers of Cozier's silken voice and cricketers past and present mourning his demise. Here's a selection of what Twitterati had to say:
The voice of West Indies cricket, Tony Cozier, will speak no more; the 75-year-old cricket commentator and writer passed away following a brief illness and hospitalisation in his native Barbados.
As the news spread social media exploded, with tributes to the legend. Cricket players, fans and his peers expressed shock at the news and mourned his demise.
Tony Cozier the legendary West Indies Cricket writer and commentary died this morning in Barbados. May he RIP. pic.twitter.com/3k2vnCirgu
— westindies (@westindies) May 11, 2016
So shocked and saddened by the news of Tony Cozier passing, a wonderful man and distinguished broadcaster. #RIP
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) May 11, 2016
What a sad day for cricket, especially WI cricket, and the fans. RIP Mr Cozier. Gone but you will never be forgotten 🏾
— Dwayne DJ Bravo (@DJBravo47) May 11, 2016
— Darren Sammy (@darrensammy88) May 11, 2016
I remember how Tony Cozier would finish his commentary stint & go straight to the press box. Perhaps felt, that's where he truly belonged.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 11, 2016
— Phil Simmons (@Coachsim13) May 11, 2016
— Lord's Ground (@HomeOfCricket) May 11, 2016
RIP Tony Cozier....a lovely man who'll be greatly missed
— Alan Butcher (@abutch58) May 11, 2016
Goodbye Sir. So sad. A good man.
Condolences to the Cozier family.#RIPTC
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) May 11, 2016
Tony's tours, where he gave the TMS team a crawl of east coast Bajan rum shacks will forever be my favourite memory of the great Tony Cozier
— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) May 11, 2016
So so Sad ... Forget all the Great players .. Tony Cozier was the reason I loved West Indian Cricket ... #RIPTony
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 11, 2016
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 11, 2016
— Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) May 11, 2016
Sad to hear about the passing of a commentating legend! Loved to listen to him during games involving the West Indies! RIP Tony Cozier
— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) May 11, 2016
Tony Cozier was only commentator able to walk seamlessly & brilliantly from the TV to the radio com box - two vastly different disciplines.
— Henry Blofeld (@blowersh) May 11, 2016
Truly sad to hear about Tony Cozier. An inspirational broadcaster and voice. A privilege to have met him @cpl Thoughts with his family
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) May 11, 2016
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) May 12, 2016
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