Longtime USC announcer Tom Kelly dies at age 88

Former USC announcer Tom Kelly died at the age of 88 on Monday, June 27, 2016. (USC Sports Information Office)

Longtime University of Southern California announcer Tom Kelly died on Monday, according to the university. He was 88.

Kelly, considered the "Voice of the Trojans," began calling play-by-play for USC football and men's basketball games in 1961.

He would go on to call games almost yearly until 2003, including five national championship seasons.

Kelly was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005.

He had waged a long battle with cancer and was set to turn 89 on Wednesday.

Kelly is survived by his wife Danusia, along with four children, a stepson, and six grandchildren.

City News Service contributed to this report.
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