Legendary Patriots broadcaster Gil Santos, who spent 36 seasons as the play-by-play voice of the New England Patriots, died Thursday on his 80th birthday

“For generations of Patriots fans, Gil Santos was and forever will be known as the ‘Voice of the Patriots,’” Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Tonight, I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing on a day that he was celebrating his 80th birthday and his 57th wedding anniversary to his wife, Roberta. Gil was a legendary broadcaster, who for 36 years passionately described the play-by-play detail of every Patriots game during his career, including many of the most memorable moments in franchise history. It was my privilege to honor Gil with his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. His legacy and most memorable calls will live there for future generations of Patriots fans to enjoy. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our sincerest sympathies to Roberta, his daughter Kathleen, his son Mark and the many others who are mourning his loss.”

You were an absolute legend, RIP Gil.

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