Edward Thomas Butler, a Welsh journalist, sportscaster, and rugby union player, lived from May 8, 1957, to September 15, 2022.

Between 1980 and 1984, he earned 16 Wales appearances and two tries. Butler gained notoriety for his vociferous support of Welsh independence.

Between 1982 and 1985, he led the Pontypool RFC team as captain, succeeding Jeff Squire. Since 1991, Butler has written a weekly column for The Observer Sport and provided commentary for the BBC’s coverage of Welsh rugby union.

He worked as a member of the commentary team for the Invictus Games and offered commentary for the Beijing Olympics’ archery competition.

In 2014 and 2015, he hosted the history programs Welsh Towns at War, Hidden Histories, and Wales and the History of the World on BBC1 Wales.

For the 1994 FA Cup Final edition of Grandstand, Butler spoke with Eric Cantona. Butler published two books with a rugby theme.

Additionally, he served as an ambassador for Prostate Cymru, a Welsh organization that promotes awareness of prostate cancer. Butler supported the independence of Wales.

At the age of 65, Butler passed away in his sleep at a base camp in the Andes mountains close to Cusco. He was walking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, together with 25 fellow Prostate Cymru charity walkers. Butler had six kids and was still married to Susan at the time of his passing.

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