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Legendary Darts commentator Dave Lanning passes away

Jamie Shaw 29 Oct 2016
A portrait of commentators (L-R) Sid Waddell, Stuart Pyke, Dave Lanning and John Gwynne in 2003 (credit:Darts.tv)

Sports broadcaster Dave Lanning, who commentated on professional darts across five decades, has passed away aged 78 following a short illness.

Lanning was an iconic voice of darts from its early rise in the 1970s to the PDC boom at the turn of the millennium, guiding viewers through some of the sport's most memorable moments.

He passed away peacefully in Poole with his family at his side on the afternoon of Saturday October 29.

Educated at Poole Grammar School, Dave provided the commentary for The Indoor League and commentated on all darts tournaments on ITV from 1972 to 1988, including John Lowe's historic first televised nine-darter against Keith Deller in 1984.

Dave joined Sky Sports and covered the first PDC World Darts Championship alongside John Gwynne in 1994 and was an ever-present with Sky for more than 16 years prior to hanging up his microphone following the 2011 World Championship.

He was inducted into the PDC Hall of Fame in 2008 and was also a keen Speedway enthusiast, working as a correspondent for The Sun for 20 years as well as commentating on numerous races.

Among Dave's finest hours in the commentary box include his description of Phil Taylor's two nine-darters during the 2010 Premier League Finals alongside the great Sid Waddell.

Following Taylor's second perfect leg against James Wade at Wembley Arena, Dave proclaimed: "You are present in a moment of the greatest sporting history, tell your Grandchildren."

Dave leaves behind Leona, his wife of 57 years, three children: Alyson, Russell and Philip and was a proud grandfather to Alex, Philippa, Nicole, Elizabeth, Taylor, Melody and Bailey.

You can relive Dave's timeless commentary of John Lowe's 1984 nine-darter below...



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