Former footballer, manager and broadcaster Jimmy Hill died on Saturday at 87, the BBC has reported.
Per the report, his agent, Jane Morgan, said: "It is with great sadness that Bryony Hill and the children of Jimmy Hill have announced that Jimmy passed away peacefully aged 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bryony was beside him."
Hill spent his life involved in almost every facet of the sport at one time or another, having played for Brentford and Fulham in a career that spanned from 1949 to 1961 before managing Coventry City for six years.
Hill later appeared on Match of the Day over 600 times, including a stint as presenter, and also became chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association.
Prior to joining Match of the Day, Hill was head of sport at ITV for six years, and following his departure from the BBC in 1999, he presented Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement on Sky until 2007 before being diagnosed with Alzheimer's a year later.
Reaction poured in on social media as journalists, fans, pundits and outlets alike expressed their sadness at his passing and celebrated his contribution to the game:
Ray Clemence @RayClem1
So sad to hear Jimmy Hill has passed away. A gentleman and pioneer of so much in football. #RIPJimmyHill2015-12-19 13:53:47
Pat Murphy @patmurphybbc
Jimmy Hill,football's great all-rounder. Visionary,iconoclast,brave. Always happy to laugh at himself. Great raconteur & gossip #rip2015-12-19 13:53:06
Francis Keogh @HonestFrank
The year 2015 has seen loss of some great sport broadcasters Richie Benaud Sir Peter O'Sullevan Jimmy Hill Legends in our living rooms2015-12-19 13:52:57
Alan Shearer @alanshearer
Very sad news about Jimmy Hill. Footballers and football have so much to thank him for. A man who loved the game. #RIP #JimmyHill2015-12-19 13:50:08
Robbie Savage @RobbieSavage8
Such sad news about Jimmy hill ,did an awful lot for our wonderful game RIP2015-12-19 13:49:51
Gary Lineker @GaryLineker
Deeply saddened to hear that Jimmy Hill has left us. A football man through and through who gave the game so much in so many ways #RIPJimmy2015-12-19 13:49:12
Dan Walker @mrdanwalker
Player, union leader, manager, director, chairman, TV presenter, executive, pundit & linesman. He did the lot & did it well #JimmyHill2015-12-19 13:46:54
Jimmy Hill OBE 1928-2015 Player, manager, chairman, broadcaster. Visionary, legend & all time great in so many ways https://t.co/x3poD1swuh2015-12-19 13:52:31
According to the report, the BBC's director general, Tony Hall, said: "For generations of fans, Jimmy Hill was an authoritative voice as both a presenter and analyst. 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."