Brian Budd is dead.
Many will remember Budd as an analysis on The Score's Footy Show, but he had a long playing career in the NASL and indoor soccer.
He made his mark in pop culture by winning ABC's Wide World of Sports World Superstars contest three years in a row between 1977-1980.
He was just 56.
He could be a bit bombastic as a broadcaster, but there was no doubting his passion. Canadian soccer has too few advocates. It can't afford to lose any of them, especially so young.
Not to be frivolous, but could our resident copy editor tell me when "passed away" became appropriate style for a headline?