CALGARY - Alberta Hall of Fame sportscaster Billy Powers and his wife Donna have been found dead in their home in Calgary.

The CFL Calgary Stampeders said Thursday that they were deeply saddened to learn of their deaths.

“Bill was a larger-than-life person who brought laughter to everyone around him,” said Stampeders president Gordon Norrie.

“He was an engaged Calgarian in terms of the community and a valuable and contributing member of the Stampeder Football Club. Bill and Donna Lee will be missed.”

The Calgary Flames also issued a statement expressing sadness.

"A legend in the Calgary sports media for more than 50 years, Billy was most noted for his time covering the Flames and Stampeders, including working for the football team as a media coordinator," said the statement.

"He was a very active person in the Calgary community and will be sorely missed."

Police said a suspect has been taken into custody and they are not looking for anyone else now.

Duty Insp. Mike Tillotson said a knife was found near the scene, but he couldn't confirm if it was connected to the deaths.

Billy Powers retired in October 2009 after almost 50 years in the sports broadcasting and communications business.

He worked mainly in radio, covering sports and the Calgary Stampeders football team.

Powers was inducted into the hall of fame in 2001.

His former employer, Calgary radio station CHQR, posted a photo gallery on its website under the heading "Remembering Billy Powers."

"The radio station family of Billy Powers express our deepest sympathy to the Powers family," the station said.

"Billy was a marvellous sports director for News Talk 770 and a friend to us all. We remember both Billy and Donna Lee and all those who mourn them."

(CHQR, The Canadian Press)

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