New England Patriots

Gil Santos, long time play by play announcer for the New England Patriots has died.

The Patriots Hall of Famer passed away Thursday, on his 80th birthday.

Santos will be remembered by millions in the New England region for his record-breaking 36 years of broadcasting Patriots games.

The Fairhaven, MA native commentated games from 1966 until 1980 and again from 1991 until his retirement from the Patriots Radio Network here on the Sports Hub in 2012.

His trademark touchdown call was heard by millions of fans in those almost 4 decades of service, “Touchdown, Patriots!”

Santos was inducted into the 2013 New England Patriots Hall of Fame by team owner Robert Kraft.

As news of his death spread, condolence messages poured out on social media from his former colleagues and listeners alike.

Video: WBZ-TV Interviews Santos On Retirement

Correction: This story has been updated to correct Santos’ age to 80.