November 08, 2018 – 11:04
Jorge Hernan Cabra Castro / Special for El Pais
Famous journalist Manizaleno Javier Giraldo Neira passed away this morning at the Avidanti Clinic in the Villa Pilar neighborhood in his hometown.
Giraldo Neira, who was considered the dean of sports journalism in Colombia, died in 78 years after he entered the medical center the second time, two weeks after a gall bladder operation.
His son Havijer commented to La Patria on the previous days that the situation was very delicate, as doctors were unable to determine what the disease was, very delicate because of the seriousness of his complications.
Todelar, Caracol Radio, RCN are some of the media that could enjoy the indescribable journalistic and radio talent of Giralda Neira, also recognized as the founder of Nev Stadium and his symbolic program, "Stadion i Munk".
On some occasions he worked on television, as well as in the Copa Libertadores final which won Atletico Nacional in 1989, where he made a transfer in collaboration with Edgar Perea.
Giraldo Neira was a distinguished horseman, in his transmissions characterized by abundance of synonyms, a characteristic that his imitators used.
His audience, who followed him at the stands during his shows, enjoyed laughing with his funny jokes and comments.
Javier was mentor to many sports journalists from Manizales and Caldas, who are now working in various media in the country. For this reason, the reaction to his death by members of the guild did not wait.
We met JAVIER GIRALDO NEIRA in Brazil in the qualifications for the World Championship in Mexico 70. I remember in the middle of a grief for his departure. The creator of a unique journalistic style. A great polemic, a great friend and a companion. Deportista, solidario. Look for him.
– Hernan Pelaez R. (@ eldoctorpelaez) November 8, 2018
I am getting news confirmed by Manizales who just died Don Havijer Giraldo Neira, a reporter for many years @ CaracolRadio in this square. He was in controversy and helped many colleagues to get to the media. PEACE in his grave. pic.tvitter.com/NgPZHbki70
– Omar Sanchez (@ Omitar69) November 8, 2018
Javier Giraldo Neira was the right example for new generations of journalism. One man who sees football, simple, honest and straightforward in his comments and analyzes. Peace in his grave. pic.tvitter.com/rCU79t4g2S
– Francisco Henao Boli (@ FranciscoHenao) November 8, 2018
I'm very sad about the death of Javier Giralda Neira (78) in Manizales, who gave me a chance in the journalism of La Patria, Nueva Estadio and Radio Manizales. A great friend and one of the brightest communicators in the country. We will always remember him
– Caesar Augusto Londono (@ cesaralo) November 8, 2018
Javier GIRALDO Neira, a great teacher, friend and colleague, died. Only pain in his heart produces his departure, although I know he will rest from his illness. Peace in the grave of a dear master.
– Ivan Mejia Alvarez (@ PajaritoDeIvan) November 8, 2018