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Billy Packer, longtime NCAA basketball announcer

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Announcer Billy Packer, who has been called “the voice of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament” for decades, died Thursday, his son announced. TweetHe was 82 years old.

He has broadcast NCAA games on CBS since the early 1980s.

“The Packer family would like to share some sad news,” wrote Mark Packer. “Our wonderful father Billy has passed away. We take peace knowing he is in heaven with Barb. RIP, Billy.

The cause was kidney failure, Mark Packer told The Associated Press. His father had been hospitalized in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the past three weeks with several health problems.

Sean McManusCBS Sports chairman Packer said, “For more than 30 years, it has been synonymous with college basketball and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport,” McManus said in a statement. His focus was on the game.He was passionate about basketball, but deep down he was like family.He had a passion for CBS Sports, college basketball and, most importantly, his beloved He left a part of his legacy as a husband, father and grandfather of a man who will be deeply missed by all.”

In 1988, Packer National Polish-American Sports Hall of FamePacker’s love of the game blossomed at Wake Forest University, leading the Deacons to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the Final Four of the 1962 NCAA Tournament. He scored 1,316 points in his career. ”

Hall said Packer’s broadcasting career began with a high school football game in 1970. NBC hired him for the NCAA regional playoffs in 1975 and began broadcasting NCAA games on CBS in the early 1980s.

Packer was also inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Wake Forest University Hall of Fame, and received the Kurt Gowdy Award from the National Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1993, he won an Emmy Award for Sports as Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst.

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