talkSPORT is saddened by the passing of our commentator and journalist Nigel Pearson, who died aged just 52.
Nigel was part of the talkSPORT team when the station launched in 1995.
He covered football extensively on the radio, reporting on a variety of clubs over the years.
Nigel was a talented commentator, reporter and the brilliant voice of our Darts coverage.
He was also an iconic speedway presenter and commentator.
Nigel was highly respected by fans of all the sports he covered and will be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues at talkSPORT.
A statement from British Speedway said: “It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we announce the death of much-loved sports commentator, presenter and journalist, Nigel Pearson, aged 52, earlier today. .
“We ask everyone to fully respect the privacy of Nigel’s family at this time.
“All our thoughts and love go out to his wife Kerrie, daughter Sarah and sons Liam and Jake. A fuller tribute to Nigel will follow.
A statement from the PDC said: “All PDC members are deeply saddened to learn that iconic commentator Nigel Pearson passed away earlier on Friday.
“Nigel will be greatly missed by all at the PDC and we send our condolences to his family at this time.”
talkSPORT colleague Ian Danter tweeted: “Heartbroken. Nigel Pearson sadly passed away.
“Just the most beautiful soul, full of laughter and character. Thoughts with Kerrie and family at this time.
“Nige was the best of us and I owe him so much. I miss you mate xxxxx.
talkSPORT host Adrian Durham added: “RIP Nigel Pearson, a great man, talented, funny, supportive, a true friend and above all a great father and husband. Thoughts with his family.
And talkSPORT football editor Jason Bourne said: “I’m sorry to say but our friend and colleague Nigel Pearson has passed away.
“He was a lovely man and great company.
“A game on talkSPORT from the start, Nigel commentated on our very first domestic Premier League game live in 2006 and called it big moments at the World Cups and Euros.
“He was one of the voices of the West Midlands and often attended games watching his beloved West Brom.
“Nigel was someone I always found warm and friendly – from my days as a talkSPORT web geek to my role as a football editor.
“Away from football, he loved his darts, his speedway and, above all, his loving family.
“This is a short note and there is so much more I could say. There is so much more that others will want and be able to say as well. We will all miss him deeply.