Retired rugby league commentator Rex “The Moose” Mossop has died, aged 83.
Mossop, who played rugby league and rugby union for Australia, died yesterday after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
His condition is understood to have deteriorated in the past week.
“He was an icon of our club, he was our first dual international player and he was larger than life,” Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles media manager Peter Peters said.
“He will be sadly missed.”
Peters said the sport had “lost a real character”.
Mossop was a commentator on both Channels Seven and Ten from the 1970s until 1990.
He made his first appearance before the television cameras in 1964, and his Sunday morning programs Sports Action, which segued into Sports World, featuring such tidbits as the passing competition, and the first Controversy Corner where he discussed “Pertinent League Matters.”
He later joined TEN from 1986 to 1991.
He was famous for his tautologies, with lines like “forward progress” or “verbal tongue lashings” along with his favourite line, “I’m flabbergasted”.
One of his most famous national TV appearances was on Tonight Live with Steve Vizard when he refused to sit beside visting UK comedian Julian Clary, who was dressed in a high-camp outfit.
He also made a surprise return to TV on Andrew Denton’s sports show Live and Sweaty, arguing with Debbie “Skull Of Rust” Spillane and “Crackers” Keenan.