Ex-commentator Billy Smith dies after fall
Queensland-based ex-rugby league commentator and television personality Billy J Smith has died.
Smith, 73, was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital on Tuesday night after suffering a fall but never regained consciousness.
Smith's family made the decision to turn off life support about 1pm on Wednesday.
Today Queensland lost a legend of Radio and TV. Farewell Billy J. Smith.— Peter Doherty (@PeterDoherty7) February 27, 2019
I've spent the day in our archive pulling out old film. I hope the tribute does Billy justice. @7NewsBrisbane tonight at 6pm. pic.twitter.com/KDpxYsRXtc
Smith made his name calling rugby league in Brisbane for radio and television in the 1970s and 80s and also hosted popular game show "It's a Knockout" between 1985 and 1987.
After finishing with Brisbane radio station 4BC's nightly Sports Tonight show 10 years ago, Smith had been working as a compere for lunches and sporting functions.
Vale Billy J Smith. One of the greats pic.twitter.com/7ngbSUsUkk— Dan Ginnane (@DanGinnane) February 27, 2019
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