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article imageSnooker commentator Ted Lowe dies at 90

By Lynn Curwin     May 1, 2011 in Sports
Ted Lowe, the snooker commentator who was known as "Whispering Ted" because of his hushed tones, has died at the age of 90.
Lowe became well-known through the television show Pot Black, which began in 1969. He was the BBC's lead commentator for many events, retiring after the 1996 world final.
"His health had been deteriorating for the last 10 weeks," his wife, Jean, told the BBC. "He went into a hospice a week ago and I never left his side. But I could see he was slowly going. He still loves snooker and was watching it on TV."
Dennis Taylor, a player who later became a commentator, remembers travelling to tournaments with Lowe.
"We used to get to go upstairs into the lounge, which was the business-class area, because of Ted, and the pilots would always want to speak to him and hear his commentary voice," he said. "He had a lovely, lovely voice."
Snooker Scene Blog reported that Lowe spoke in a hushed voice because, when he began working as a commentator, he would sit in the audience and had to keep his voice down so that he would not disturb the players.
John Virgo, a former player who became a commentator, enjoyed working with Lowe
"He set a standard for us all," The Guardian quoted him as saying. "I commentated with him and he was wonderful. He had an impish sense of humour and while cricket had its John Arlott, Wimbledon had its Dan Maskell, we had Ted Lowe."
One of the lines Lowe is remembered for brought some unintended humour. The Press Association reported that, as Fred Davis made efforts to position himself for a difficult shot, Lowe said: "He is getting on a bit and having trouble getting his leg over."
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