Popular 98fm radio presenter Johnny Lyons found dead at his home
Popular radio presenter Johnny Lyons has died suddenly.
The 'Now That's What I Call Sport' presenter was found dead in his home on Wednesday evening.
Management at the 98fm said My Lyons' colleagues are "heartbroken" at the news of his death.
They described the presenter as the "backbone" of their sports team at the station.
"The Directors, management and all the staff at 98FM are heartbroken at the death of our dear colleague and great friend Johnny Lyons," they said in a statement this evening.
"Johnny died suddenly and peacefully at his home in Dublin.
"Johnny has been the backbone of our sports team for over 20 years.
"His distinctive voice and his passion for soccer defined Johnny for so many of his listeners.
"He was a talented presenter with a deep knowledge and love of sport and his Sunday morning programme ‘Now that’s What I Call Sport’ was a weekly date for so many Dubliners."
Chief Executive of 98FM Keith McCormack paid tribute to Johnny saying: "The entire station is devastated with the sudden passing of a beloved colleague. Johnny, with his larger than life personality, was loved by all listeners and colleagues alike.
"He was a huge part of the 98FM family and will be dearly missed, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family at this time.
"May he rest in peace".
98FM said they will be paying tribute to Johnny on air over the next few days.
The FAI released a statement expressing their sadness at the evening's news.
"The Football Association of Ireland was saddened to learn of the sudden death of broadcaster Johnny Lyons in Dublin today," a spokesperson said.
FAI CEO John Delaney also expressed his sadness at the news of Lyons’s sudden passing.
“Johnny Lyons was a great football man who really understood the game," he said.
"I enjoyed being interviewed by him because he was so passionate and I want to extend our sympathy to his family and friends.
“We will be doing a tribute to him at next month's match against Georgia.”