Lance Hardy, former BBC Sport editor passed away yesterday aged 53.

Since joining the BBC in 1990, Hardy worked across a wide range of sports before specialising in football.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: "Lance was a hugely popular figure in sports broadcasting, where he produced such great work over a large range of output.

"He made friends wherever he went through his immense likeability, and so many are grieving for him. We send all our sympathies to his family and all those closest to him."

Since the news was announced tributes all across social media have appeared, sharing their sadness at the news.

Gary Lineker Tweeted: “Saddened to hear that Lance Hardy has left us way too soon. A hugely talented producer and editor for @BBCSport and a lovely man. RIP Lance.”

 Gabby Logan also shared online, Tweeting: “So very sad to hear the news about Lance Hardy. He was passionate about women’s football and pushed its coverage on the BBC. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.”

 Mark Lawrenson Tweeted: “Sad news re Lance Hardy former Sports Editor at BBC SPORT who has sadly passed away…Yet another one of the good guys who has left us far too early. RIP BUDDY.”

BBC Sport also took to Twitter, sending their well wishes to his family, friends and colleagues.