Tributes are pouring in for Irish sports broadcasting legend Johnny Lyons.
The 98FM Sports Editor died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Dublin yesterday.
Johnny was known for his unique presenting style and had a deep knowledge and love of sport.
Keith McCormack, Chief Executive of 98FM, said: "The entire station is devastated with the sudden passing of a beloved colleague. Johnny, with his larger than life personality, was loved by all listeners and colleagues alike.
"He was a huge part of the 98FM family and will be dearly missed, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this time. May he rest in peace".
A statement from the station said: "Everyone at 98FM is heartbroken at the death of our dear colleague and great friend, Johnny Lyons.
Johnny died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Dublin.
Johnny has been the backbone of our sports team for over 20 years. His larger than life personality and passion for sport defined Johnny for so many.
We will miss you so much
Rest in peace."
Since the news broke this evening there has been an outpouring of tributes on social media, with people expressing their condolences and sharing memories of the broadcaster's life and career.
Just heard the news that Johnny Lyons has passed away,devastated what a good pal over the years will be sorely missed RIP #fartooyoung— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) August 19, 2015
Irrepressible lust for living, force of nature who gave not a f*ck for what others thought of him. Desperately sad news about Johnny Lyons.— Adrian Barry (@WhosAdrianBarry) August 19, 2015
got to know him during the 2002 world cup. he was hopeless at finding his way around the tokyo subway. but he was fun to travel with— Ken Early (@kenearlys) August 19, 2015