Very sad news if not unexpected after his most recent shows where I thought he looked close to death.
I started watching The Sky at Night in around 1987 when it was already 30 years old since then I hardly missed it.
I hope despite this really sad news I really hope The BBC don't use this as an excuse to can it.
As for his political views well as the man himself said 'There are three things in life that you should never talk about in polite conversation; Politics, Football and what came before the universe'.
I am going to miss him very much he was one of a kind.
RIP Sir Pat