Former BBC Sports producer and editor Lance Hardy was also a successful writer
Tributes have been paid to former BBC Sports editor and producer Lance Hardy, who died at the age of 53.
Hardy joined the BBC in 1990 and rose through the ranks, working in a variety of sports before specializing in football.
He was the producer of the English men’s team at several major tournaments and was an early champion of women’s football.
Hardy’s encyclopedic knowledge of British football was fully exploited as a creative filmmaker at Football Focus and most recently as editor of Final Score before leaving the BBC in 2011.
Hardy continued his television career in the UK and New Zealand and became a successful writer.
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport said: “Lance was an extremely popular character in sports broadcasting, doing such great work on a wide variety of productions.
“Thanks to his immense sympathy, he has made friends everywhere, and so many mourn him.
Former colleagues have paid tribute to him on social media, including BBC presenters Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan and Dan Walker, and BBC expert Mark Lawrenson.
Lineker said, “It’s sad to hear that Lance Hardy left us way too soon. An extremely talented producer and editor for BBC Sport and a lovely man. RIP Lance.”
Logan said, “It’s very sad to hear the news about Lance Hardy. He was passionate about women’s football and drove his coverage on the BBC. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”
And Lawrenson said, “Another of the good guys who left us way too early. RIP Buddy.”
Walker tweeted, “It’s very sad to hear the news of Lance Hardy’s death. I had the pleasure of working with him on the final score for many years. Top guy who loved the game.”