David Bryant, who won 20 World Bowls Championship titles and five Commonwealth Games gold medals, has died aged 88.
Bryant, regarded as one of the greatest lawn bowlers of all time, won the inaugural world outdoor singles title in Kyeemagh, Australia in 1966.
He won two more world outdoor singles titles and also won gold in the world triples and team events between 1966-88.
At the World Indoor Championships, Bryant won three singles and also six pairs titles while partnering Tony Allcock, and claimed four Commonwealth gold medals in the singles and one in the fours event.
Bowls England board chairman David Tucker said: "David was an icon for many decades, whose name was synonymous with our sport.
"He was well-respected by all who knew him. I was fortunate to compete against David on the green on many occasions, often coming on the wrong end of the scoreline, but a match against him was always a pleasure and includes many memories that I will never forget. My thoughts are with David's family and friends at this time."
Bryant, a 16-time British champion, six times in the singles, was renowned for using a tobacco pipe while playing, and was awarded an MBE and CBE for his services to lawn bowls.
Bowls England added: "Bowls England sends its condolences to wife Ruth and the rest of David's family and friends. His service to the sport will not be forgotten and he will be missed by many."