98FM broadcaster Johnny Lyons has died
98FM sports broadcaster Johnny Lyons has been found dead at his home.
The station have released a statement saying the presenter died "suddenly and peacefully" at his home.
Lyons was well-known for his popular show 'Now That’s What I Call Sport'.
He was a very popular presenter and was widely praised for his interview with ex-Celtic striker John Hartson and his voice is familiar to Premier League fans who will have tuned into his show.
It is believed his body was discovered at his home in Dublin this evening.
Lyons had been off work with a broken ankle and was due to return to the office next week, RTE reported.
The cause of death is not yet known but there is no reason to believe there was foul play involved.
9FM released the following statement.
"The Directors, management and all the staff at 98FM are heartbroken at the death of our dear colleague and great friend Johnny Lyons.
"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.
Keith McCormack, Chief Executive of 98FM 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 will be paying tribute to Johnny on air over the next few days."
Lyons joined 98FM almost 20 years ago, in 1996, and he was their sports editor.
Many have taken to social media to pay tribute to Lyons.
Johnny Lyons gave me my 1st start in radio. A character, mad and brilliant in equal measure, but loyal. A wonderful guy to have known. RIP— Hugh Cahill (@hughcahill7) August 19, 2015
Johnny Lyons got me in trouble with both Monkstown Rugby Club and the Irish Press when we were covering a club match. It was worth it. RIP.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 19, 2015
RIP Johnny Lyons. One of the most distinctive voices on Irish radio, always a pleasure to speak to. Thoughts & prayers are with his family.— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) August 19, 2015