Our friend and colleague David Oates tragically passed away over the weekend after a short illness.

Please click here for a full tribute to David on the BBC Sport website.

Our thoughts are with his wife Lottie and daughters Imogen and Kate at this desperately sad time.

David Oates who passed away on Sunday morning after a short illness

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by David Shield

    on 6 Feb 2013 19:46

    Such sad news this.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by Derwick Associates

    on 5 Feb 2013 05:44

    It's really very nice post.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by henryhallsdanceband

    on 4 Feb 2013 16:51

    Sometimes when I hear news like this that really saddens, all I can say is 'damn', give prayers to the god of my understanding for his family and friends; and give thanks for the health and wellbeing of myself and my own. Oh fickle flame of life...:-(

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by carrie

    on 4 Feb 2013 16:38

    Felt for George this morning trying to speak about his friend.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Gordon

    on 4 Feb 2013 10:51

    Words seem so inadequate at this time.

    I'd just like to pay tribute to David. Friday evenings just won't be the same. I used to listen to him on 5Live Extra. He had the perfect voice for rugby league.

    Well done to David, Alan, Ian and others for soldiering on yesterday on 5Live when I'm sure their thoughts were understandably elsewhere.

    Our thoughts are with his wife and girls at this time. They can be proud that David brought a lot of pleasure to a great many people. He'll be sadly missed.

    Kind regards

    Gordon

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