Farewell Tony Cozier

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Tributes are pouring in for legendary West Indian cricket commentator, Tony Cozier.

Cozier died this morning at the age of 75.

Leading BBC Cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew this morning described cozier as easily the best cricket radio and TV commentator in the past 25 years .

Former England captain Michael Vaughn tweeted – “So so sad … Forget all the great players … Tony cozier was the reason I loved West Indian cricket.”

While West Indies T-20 captain Darren Sammy tweeted:
“Condolences go out to the families and friends of tony cozier that voice will forever be in my head”

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn posted on twitter – his voice will echo in my mind forever! Condolences to the cozier family.

Jamaica and West Indies cricket commentator Simon Crosskill also weighed in on Cozier’s passing.

Crosskilll commented – “RIP Tony Cozier – legend … Icon repository of all cricket knowledge”

Tony cozier began writing on cricket as a teenager in 1958 and, despite never having played the game, he became one of its most distinguished voices.

His last column was published on May 1. Cozier was admitted to hospital on May 3 for tests related to infections in the neck and legs.

Cozier began his commentary career during Australia’s tour of West Indies in 1965.

Over five decades, cozier grew into an accomplished media professional across mediums all over the world.

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Here is a bit of vintage tony cozier commentary.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.