Tributes pour in for ‘Whispering Ted’ at Crucible

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LEGENDARY snooker commentator Ted Lowe died yesterday, aged 90, on the morning of the first session of this year’s Crucible final.

Lowe’s unmistakable hushed tones earned him the popular nickname “Whispering Ted” and he was the BBC’s lead commentator on many occasions.

His wife of 21 years Jean, with whom Ted lived on the south coast, said: “He had been poorly for the last 10 weeks and had been in a hospice for the last week.

“For two days I never left his side, but I could see he was slowly going. He still loved snooker and was watching it on TV this week.”

Lowe played a vital role in the development of snooker as a televised sport by devising the programme Pot Black.

A minute’s applause was held before the opening sessions of the final between John Higgins and Judd Trump.

And the tributes continued to poor in for Lowe. Former world champion Dennis Taylor said: “He helped me launch my commentary career. He was a great man.”