The Professional Darts Corporation sends its condolences to the family and friends of commentator Nigel Pearson, who passed away on Friday.
Nigel, 52, had commentated on darts for over 15 years since joining the Sky Sports team in 2006.
He has also presented Sky Sports’ coverage during that time, and this year worked with the PDC on commentary of European Tour, Players Championship and Women’s Series events.
Nigel was also a vastly experienced speedway presenter and commentator – as well as being involved with the Cradley Heath club, who he supported as a boy – and also covered football extensively on radio for talkSPORT.
“We’re all deeply saddened to learn that Nigel has passed away and send our sympathies to all who knew him,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.
“Nigel was an extremely popular figure across darts and a range of sports and well-respected throughout the media for his unique style. He’ll be missed by us all.”
A West Brom fan, Nigel worked with British Speedway as their press officer and has also worked as a host and MC for sporting events.
Nigel partnered the late Sid Waddell to commentate on Raymond van Barneveld’s historic first nine-darter at the PDC World Championship – relive the moment below.
Tributes have been paid across social media from colleagues and friends, including these Tweets.
It is with the deepest sadness and regret that we announce the passing of much loved sport commentator, presenter and journalist, Nigel Pearson, aged 52, earlier today.
We ask everyone to fully respect Nigel’s family’s privacy at this time.
— Official British Speedway (@SpeedwayGB) April 15, 2022
RIP @NigelPearson 🙏
A talented commentator, reporter and the brilliant voice of our darts coverage.
Nigel was part of the talkSPORT team right from the launch of the station.
We’re all shocked by his death today. pic.twitter.com/HI9cgCbPKh
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 15, 2022
“He brought deep knowledge and expertise to his presenting and commentary and his unique style lifted the sports he covered.”
Sky Sports pays tribute to Nigel Pearson.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) April 15, 2022
West Bromwich Albion, who Nigel supported
We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Nigel Pearson.
An inspirational broadcaster. A huge Albion fan. A true friend.
Our thoughts are with Nigel’s family at this desperately sad time.
We’ll miss you so, so much Nige 💔 pic.twitter.com/va3oMlGDFx
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 15, 2022
PDC star Gerwyn Price
Shocked and saddened of the passing of Nigel Pearson great guy great commentator will be deeply missed my thoughts are with all his family and friends
— Gerwyn Price (@Gezzyprice) April 15, 2022
Broadcaster Emma Paton
Devastated. Nige was one of the first members of the @skysportsdarts family I met and he couldn’t have made me feel more welcome. Love you Nige, you will be so missed. Sending love and strength to your family ❤️ https://t.co/731pAQzgJd
— Emma Paton (@MissEmmaPaton) April 15, 2022
Broadcaster Laura Woods
Heartbroken to lose you, Nigel.
He was the best man, cared so much for his colleagues and was so, so passionate about his work. We met working on speedway in 2009 & he was an ever present support to me, be it on the darts, at talkSPORT & so much more.
Will miss you ‘matey’ x https://t.co/FVV6QSg6Ga
— Laura Woods (@laura_woodsy) April 15, 2022
Football club Wolverhampton Wanderers
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of local broadcaster, Nigel Pearson, today.
Though his local allegiances were blue & white, Nigel has long been a friend of Wolves and will be greatly missed by all at Molineux.
The press box will not be the same without you 💛 pic.twitter.com/WnzhXmZ3ue
— Wolves (@Wolves) April 15, 2022
Rugby league club Featherstone Rovers, who Nigel supported
💙 RIP Nigel | We are all devastated at the loss of our friend and colleague Nigel Pearson who has passed away at the age of 52. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Nigel’s family at the difficult time. pic.twitter.com/xIiOI28yBm
— Featherstone Rovers (@FevRoversRLFC) April 15, 2022
Broadcaster Ian Danter
I’m heartbroken 💔
Nigel Pearson has so sadly just passed away. Just the most beautiful soul, full of laughs and character.
Thoughts with Kerrie and the family at this time
Nige was the best of us and I owe him so so much. Miss you mate xxxxx pic.twitter.com/Auv5ICpEqc
— Ian Danter (@talkdants) April 15, 2022
PDC star Michael van Gerwen
Very sad news. Nigel could always make me laugh in post match interviews. My thought are with Nigel’s family at this difficult time 💔 https://t.co/rYQ7Zju2TF
— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) April 15, 2022
16-time World Champion Phil Taylor
Sad Sad news about Nigel Pearson passing away. Always polite and a good guy. RIP.
— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor) April 15, 2022
Broadcaster Adrian Durham
RIP Nigel Pearson, a great man, talented, funny, supportive, a true friend & above all else a great dad & husband. Thoughts with his family. Can’t believe I’ll never share a beer with my buddy & talk about sport, kids, books & radio ever again. Tell me it’s not real, please? 💔 pic.twitter.com/kSVe5msn44
— Adrian Durham (@talkSPORTDrive) April 15, 2022
PDC star Jamie Hughes
Saddened to hear that Nigel Pearson has passed. I’ll never forget the message you sent me just after my operation. Fly high ❤️
— Jamie Hughes (@jamiehughes180) April 15, 2022
Broadcaster Polly James
💔 shocked as well as so saddened. Before I joined @SkySportsDarts he always had kind words of encouragement for me. He believed in me and I will never forget that. He was a great broadcaster and lovely man. A tremendous loss for darts 🥺 Thoughts are with his nearest and dearest https://t.co/0JZQeW53PR
— Polly James (@PollyJames) April 15, 2022
Zach Ward on Twitter
When I was younger, it was my dream to be a commentator. I emailed a fair few to get their advice; @nigelpearson responded in a day or so. That always stuck with me.
— Zach Ward (@zach_ward1989) April 15, 2022