Veteran sportscaster and TV journalist Jim McKay has died at age 86 of natural causes, ESPN reports. McKay is most famous for hosting ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and for covering the tragic 1972 Olympics in Munich, which were marred by the Black September attack on Israeli athletes. McKay won one of his 13 Emmys for his coverage of that event.
“There are no superlatives that can adequately honor Jim McKay,” said ESPN and ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer. “He was a founding father of sports television, one of the most respected commentators in the history of broadcasting and journalism.”