MONTREAL - Veteran Quebec sports journalist Richard Garneau has died at age 82.

Garneau covered hockey and the Olympics, mostly for Radio-Canada.

He died early Sunday at a Montreal hospital following complications from heart surgery.

Born in Quebec City in 1930, Garneau began reporting on the Olympics at the 1960 Summer Games in Rome.

He would go on to cover 23 Olympic Games in all.

The Montreal Canadiens issued a statement mourning his death, calling him a "legendary voice" of the Habs.

"It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the passing of Richard Garneau," the statement said.