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Dick Enberg speaks after receiving the Ford C. Frick Award during a ceremony at Doubleday Field on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Famed sports broadcaster Dick Enberg found dead at 82


Legendary sports broadcaster Dick Enberg on Thursday was discovered dead at his home in La Jolla, California at age 82.

Enberg’s daughter on Thursday confirmed his death, noting his family became concerned when he did not arrive on a flight to Boston.

“It’s very, very, very shocking,” Nicole Enberg Vaz said. “He’d been busy with two podcasts and was full of energy.”

Vaz said that Enberg, a broadcaster who covered multiple sports across a 60-year career, was discovered dead at his residence in La Jolla with his bags packed.

The sportscaster’s daughter added that his family believes Enberg died of a heart of attack but was awaiting official word.

“[The family] is grateful for the kind thoughts and prayers of all of Dick’s countless fans and dear friends,” Enberg’s attorney said in a statement Thursday.

“At this time we are all still processing the significant loss, and we ask for prayers and respectful privacy in the immediate aftermath of such untimely news,” Dennis Coleman added.

Vaz resides in Boston, and Dick Enberg’s wife, Barbara Enberg, had already arrived there before his death was discovered.

Dick Enberg initially made his name calling University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) basketball games.

The broadcaster spent nine years covering UCLA basketball, a span which saw the Bruins grab eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles.

Dick Enberg’s wide-ranging career would later see call Olympic contests, National Football League (NFL) Super Bowls and scores of Major League Baseball (MLB) games.

The Armada, Michigan native retired from his television role with the San Francisco Padres last year after seven seasons covering the MLB broadcast.

“Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade,” Padres owners Ron Fowler and Peter Seidler said in a statement Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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