Veteran broadcaster Wally Foreman died today at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Foreman, 58, suffered a massive heart attack on Tuesday morning while exercising at an Osborne Park gym.

The ABC radio commentator had been in an induced coma until this morning, but the hospital announced his death this afternoon.

“Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital regrets to announce that much loved sports broadcaster and former administrator Wally Foreman passed away this afternoon,” the hospital statement said. “Wally’s wife Lyn and sons Glen and Mark would like to thank the public for their support over the past two days.”

Foreman, a former WA Institute of Sport director, worked in sports media for more than 30 years after starting as a journalist with The West Australian in 1972 before joining the ABC sports department in 1975.

Close friend Tony Mann told ABC Radio this afternoon that the news had been a bombshell.

“What a character. I don’t think there’s been a nicer man,” Mr Mann said.

Broadcaster and colleague Russell Woolf said Foreman’s colleagues felt like they had lost a brother.