Football legend Jimmy Hill has died after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, his family has said. He was 87.
"It is with great sadness that Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully today aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease," his agent Jane Morgan said in a statement. "Bryony was beside him."
Hill became a widely celebrated figure in British football after a career on the pitch and on television screens that spanned four decades.
As presenter of Match of the Day, Hill made over 600 appearances on the BBC's flagship football programme, the broadcaster said.
After playing as a forward for Brentford and then Fulham in 1953, Hill scored more than 50 goals in nearly 300 games.
He became manager of Coventry in 1961 before diverting his career to television in 1967 as head of sport for ITV.
Six years later he became a presenter of Match of the Day until 1989.
"For generations of fans Jimmy Hill was an authoritative voice as both a presenter and analyst," BBC director general Tony Hall said in a statement.
"He was committed to innovation in every aspect of the game, including broadcasting and always believed supporters came first. His influence lives on in the programmes we enjoy today."
BBC director of sports Barbara Slater called Hill "an iconic and unique figure".
"He was one of the great innovators and a huge talent, a man ahead of his time with a personality that dominated his era both in football and broadcasting," she added.
"Jimmy was also a dear friend and colleague to many at the BBC and will be greatly missed."
Following the announcement of his death, fans gathered at a statue of Hill at his former-football club Coventry.
Scarves and flowers in the club's signature blue were laid at the statue.
Players for Coventry FC paid tribute to the club's former-forward ahead of Saturday's match, while fans cheered in the 87th minute to mark Hill's age.
Current Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker led tributes to the sporting hero on twitter.
He was a "football man through and through," Lineker told the BBC shortly after the announcement of Hill's death.
He highlighted ways Hill had made a huge impact on football, including introducing three points for a win, electronic scoreboards at football matches and the first all-seater stadium.
"Football is more the better for Jimmy Hill," Lineker concluded.
Hill's former football clubs shared pictures of him in tribute.
"He may have single-handedly changed football," BBC Radio 4 said.
Current players also paid tribute.
Television presenter Danny Baker called him a "gifted" player and a "masterful" presenter.
Former-footballer turned Sky Sports News presenter Chris Kamara called Hill a "true gent" and Football Focus presenter Dan Walker praised his "drive to innovate".
Hill's influence was also felt outside of football.
Hill had been living in a care home in Sussex after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008.
A service for friends, family and former colleagues will be held in the New Year, Hills agent said, and he will be cremated after a private ceremony.
He leaves behind a wife and five children from two previous marriages.
Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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