Veteran sports journalist Brian Mc Donald, also known as Ras I-Pic, has died.
Mc Donald, a sports reporter and broadcaster for Radio St. Lucia, reportedly passed away today, Sunday, Jan 17.
Reports are that Mc Donald has been ailing for sometime.
Tributes have been pouring on Mc Donald’s Facebook page since midday today. He was renowned for his works in football and boxing.
Two local journalists, Marius Modeste and Jerry George, have paid tribute to Mc Donald on social media.
Modeste wrote: “Today St. Lucians woke up to the sad news that Brian Mc Donald, sportscaster on Radio St. Lucia, died suddenly. The media, boxing and football fraternity has lost an MVP, Brian Mc Donald aka Ras I Pic. Sportscasting could never be the same without you dear comrade. I have lost yet another dear friend. Until my time comes farewell my one-time brother. If my memory serves me right, this is the 5th death in the Mc Donald family over the past two years or so.”
George wrote: “You could always depend on Brian McDonald for a good laugh. No matter how serious the situation, he always found humour for a good laugh. Alas, the news of his passing is no laughing matter. And to make matters worse, his earthly transition is seven days after the death of his compadre, Sean Phillips. When i got to know Brian in 1997 he had already started to make a mark in sports reporting. I marveled at how he would hand write his radio scripts and deliver them flawlessly. It wasn’t that he knew his sports and the people in sports, but it was his fantastic memory, able to recall dates, achievements, records effortlessly. Once he had gained confidence at the mic he also applied his memory to music. He was humble. He was cool. RIP BRIAN.”