Tony Cozier, a legendary West Indies cricket writer and commentator for more than a half century, died Wednesday morning in Barbados, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced. He was 75.
Cozier was born in Bridgetown, where the press box at the Kensington Oval cricket grounds is named for him in tribute to his work as a journalist, radio and television analyst and historian.
These tweets prove what a giant he was in the sport... an absolute legend.
Even when England were being torn to shreds the commentaries of Tony Cozier were full of sunshine. RIP.— Don McIntyre (@DonMcintyre70) May 12, 2016
RIP Tony Cozier: the voice of a Caribbean summer. I first heard him in the 1976 series when the Windies battered us & enoyed him for 40yrs.— Tim Jotischky (@TimJotischky) May 12, 2016
The voices are silenced but their legacies are gold: Tony Greig, Richie Benaud, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Tony Cozier. #GreatsofCricket— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) May 12, 2016
Tony Cozier was a great commentator - and totally authoritative. If he said something, I instantly accepted it was correct. It's a sad day.— Paul Dennett (@the_summer_game) May 12, 2016
Tony Cozier didn't play international cricket but had respect of the players, they knew this guy was all about the game, not about himself.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 12, 2016
Saddened to hear about the passing away of Tony Cozier.He was the voice of WI cricket and was deeply in love with the game.May his soul RIP— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 12, 2016
Deeply saddened by Tony Cozier's passing. A genial man whose brilliant broadcasting put him next 2 the greatest names in West Indies cricket— Derek Pringle (@derekpringle) May 12, 2016