According to reports, the former Wake Forest player Billy Packer died at the age of 33 years. Taking to Twitter, Mark Packer, Billy’s father, shared a family picture and wrote that the Packer Family would like to share some sad news. He further wrote that his amazing father, Billy, has passed. “We take peace knowing that he is in heaven with Barb. RIP, Billy”, wrote Mark further in the post. Within some time, the said post got a lot of engagement. Fans and well-wishers poured tributes for him and mourned his sudden death. Here’s what we know about it.
Reports have been claiming that Billy Packer breathed his last on Thursday, January 26, 2023. He reportedly died of kidney failure. Believing the sources, he was hospitalized for the past three weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina. The news of his unfortunate passing was shared by his son Mark on social media. He also talked about it to the media. Ever since the announcement, people have been coming forward and have been expressing their sadness about his demise which has shattered many hearts. It is no doubt to say that Billy’s death has left everyone heartbroken as no one was expecting him to leave the world this sooner.
Who Was Billy Packer?
Packer had been a fixture on NCAA Tournament telecasts for NBC and then CBS from 1975 to 2008. Besides, he also covered Atlantic Coast Conference games for Raycom Sports and received a Sports Emmy Award in 1993. The longtime college Basketball broadcaster received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio, and Sports Analyst in 1993. After the news broke out, several personalities came forward and mourned his death. Dick Vitale took to Twitter and tweeted his condolences. He wrote that he is sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball and offered his deepest condolences to his family.
Let us tell our readers that Packer was also involved with writing multiple books. One of his best known was the memoir “Hoops: Confessions of a College Basketball Analyst” in 1985. He had a solid playing career at Wake Forest before helping lead the Demon Deacons to 1962 Final Four. In 1972, he started his broadcasting career in Raleigh, N.C. Packer also made his leap to the national level at NBC in 1974 and remained there until 1981. Stay tuned to this space and get all the latest updates and trending news. Follow Social Telecast!