Fredag d. 20. december 2002
Kote Makharadze, a soccer commentator who was famous throughout the former Soviet Union, died Thursday after a stroke. He was 76.
Makharadze began his career as a commentator in 1958, covering matches on Georgian television and radio. Two years later, he started as a commentator for central Soviet state television and radio and traveled abroad with the Soviet Union's national soccer team.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences Thursday to Makharadze's relatives, hailing the commentator as a "talented, wise and sincere person."
Makharadze was hospitalized a week ago after having his second stroke in two months. The first came shortly after the Oct. 12 Euro 2004 qualifying match between Georgia and Russia was suspended due to a power failure.
Makharadze also was an actor. After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, he started his own theater. He is survived by his wife and three children.