Long-serving football journalist and broadcaster Mike Cockerill has died after a long illness.
Mr Cockerill, 56, spent more than 30 years reporting on soccer in Australia, largely with Fairfax newspapers and Fox Sports.
He covered six World Cups, the A-League and three Olympic Games in a long association with the game.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame.
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater said he was a great contributor to the game.
“Mike was greatly respected,” Mr Slater said on Fox Sports.
“A really top man. We pass on all our best to his family.
“He was a very, very special person to me. I’ve known him since I was 17. It’s a huge shock to me.
“He was doing the FFA Cup only four weeks ago and he’s been struck down. It happened very, very quickly.”
Mr Cockerill’s death comes a month after the passing of another well-known football media figure, Les Murray.