Horse racing pundit John McCririck dead at 79

London (CNN)The legendary horse-racing broadcaster John McCririck, who was famed for his outlandish dress sense, has died at the age of 79, his family has announced. “His flamboyant broadcasting style from the heart of the betting ring proved extremely popular with racing fans and beyond,” McCririck’s family said. “Despite suffering ill health in recent months, John continued to make several TV and radio appearances. “John’s interest in horse racing and betting began at Harrow where he was the school bookie. On leaving he worked for an illegal street bookmaker then legally on-course where he learned the art of tic-tac, clerking bets and making a book,” they added. Jockeys and racing experts have paid tribute to McCririck. Tony McCoy, a 20-time …