Monday, December 6, 2010

Turn out the lights. The party's over

Dallas, Texas (WKBW-TV)

Don Meredith, who was a star quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys, a legendary part of Monday Night Football's broadcast booth and a pitchman in TV ads for Lipton Tea, has died.

The Dallas Morning News says Meredith, 72, passed away Sunday night in Santa Fe. He had, the Morning News adds, "battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004."

On Monday Night, Meredith was the folksy counterpoint to Howard Cosell. He was known for singing a little bit of Willie Nelson's The Party's Over — "Turn out the lights, the party's over," Meredith would croon — when he felt a game's outcome had been decided. He left the broadcast in 1984.


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