Longtime 'Voice of the Patriots' Gil Santos passes away - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Longtime 'Voice of the Patriots' Gil Santos passes away

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Former New England Patriot announcer Gil Santos outside the Patriot's Hall of Fame prior to an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Former New England Patriot announcer Gil Santos outside the Patriot's Hall of Fame prior to an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

We have some sad Patriots news to pass along. 

Former longtime play-by-play announcer Gil Santos has died at age 80.

Santos was the radio voice of the Patriots for nearly four decades.

In addition to spending Sundays calling Patriots games, Santos spent 38 years as a sports anchor at WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft released a statement that read:

“For generations of Patriots fans, Gil Santos was and forever will be known as the ‘Voice of the Patriots.’ Tonight, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing on a day that he was celebrating his 80th birthday and his 57th wedding anniversary to his wife, Roberta. Gil was a legendary broadcaster, who for 36 years passionately described the play-by-play detail of every Patriots game during his career, including many of the most memorable moments in franchise history. It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our sincerest sympathies to Roberta, his daughter Kathleen, his son Mark and the many others who are mourning his loss.”

Santos was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009 and, upon his retirement from the broadcast booth in 2013, the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick added in a statement:

Gil Santos' bond with anyone who ever met or heard him is timeless.  He will forever remain a special figure in the lives of generations of players, coaches and fans who knew him and in the lives of those who will hear his legendary voice in the future.  Gil was a great friend and he will be missed.  His family is in my thoughts and prayers."

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