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Mourning in sport press: reputed sports commentator Cristian Topescu dies at 81

Former sports commentator Cristian Topescu died on Tuesday, at the age of 81. He had been hospitalised at the Elias Hospital in Bucharest, in a precarious condition. The former sports commentator died at 4 p.m., of “irresuscitable cardiorespiratory arrest,” according to the Elias Hospital.

“Cristian George Topescu, aged 81, was hospitalised on Tuesday, May 8, at the Elias Emergency University Hospital, in a grave condition caused by the worsening of chronic ailments. During his hospitalisation, he benefited from strict monitoring and treatment within the Intensive Care ward. He died today, May 15, at 4 p.m., of irresuscitable cardiac arrest,” reads the communique issued by the Elias Hospital where the sports commentator had been hospitalised a week ago.

The former sports commentator was suffering from several chronic ailments, including diabetes. Cristian Topescu had also been a politician, elected Senator of Bucharest in the parliamentary elections of 30 November 2008.

From 1964 to 2004, Cristian Topescu worked for the Romanian Television public broadcaster, and held various positions – sports reporter, director of the Prosportm newspaper, show director and commentator, chief editor of the sports section, and deputy general director.

Last year, in March, the reputed sports commentator received from President Klaus Iohannis the ‘Star of Romania’ Order, “as a sign of high appreciation for his whole activity, for the dedication and devotion with which he supported and promoted national sport values, for the intuition, warmth and erudition with which he commented the performances of Romanian sport.”

 

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