The North Carolina athletic program is mourning the loss of legendary announcer Woody Durham.
On Wednesday morning, it was announced that the voice of the Tar Heels’ basketball and football programs passed away at age 76.
Durham had been suffering from primary progressive aphasia.
“Our family is grateful for the incredible support my dad and our family received throughout his illness,” said Durham’s son, Wes, in an official statement. “From the medical teams to the general public, it’s been amazing. We hold to and will always cherish the wonderful memories he left for our family and Carolina fans throughout the world.”
— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) March 7, 2018
“It’s a very sad day for everyone who loves the University of North Carolina because we have lost someone who spent nearly 50 years as one of its greatest champions and ambassadors,” says UNC men’s basketball coach Roy Williams. “My heart goes out to Jean, Wes, Taylor and their entire family.
“It’s ironic that Woody would pass away at the start of the postseason in college basketball because this was such a joyous time for him. He created so many lasting memories for Carolina fans during this time of year. It’s equally ironic that he dealt with a disorder for the final years of his life that robbed him of his ability to communicate as effectively as he did in perfecting his craft.
“Woody loved the Tar Heels and players, coaches and fans of all ages loved him right back. We should all ‘go where we go and do what we do’ and say a prayer for Woody and his family. There will never be another quite like him.”
Durham is set to be inducted into the National Sports Media Association’s Hall of Fame this summer.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Durham family and every who will be impacted by his passing.