Woody Durham, whose tone of voice delivered thousands of memories and won tens of thousands of devoted listeners during his 40 years as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the North Carolina Tar Heels football and men’s basketball teams, died early Wednesday morning at his Chapel Hill home, according to his family. He was 76.
Durham, who will be remembered as much for his well-known lines and delivery as his connection with his loyal audience, died from complications of Primary Progressive Aphasia.
Neurocognitive disease that in his later years robbed him of his ability to speak. After struggling with his speech for years after his retirement in 2011, Durham was diagnosed with the disease in January 2016.
Atlantic Conference commissioner John Swofford, the former athletic director at UNC, compared Durham’s voice to “gospel to generations of Tar Heels who trusted his every word.” Williams called Wednesday “a very sad day for everyone who loves the University of North Carolina”
“It’s ironic that Woody would pass away at the start of the postseason in college basketball because this was such a joyous time for him,”