Radio Legend Steve Wright Dies

BBC Radio Legend Steve Wright Has Died, Aged 69

It was shortly after 6pm whilst listening to Simon Mayo that death of Steve Wright was announced.  Simon Mayo paused his drivetime show to make the announcement.  You could hear Mayo holding back the tears as he announce the death of his friend and former Radio 2 colleague.

DJ Steve Wright, who presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades, has died at the age of 69.

His family confirmed his death “with deep sorrow and profound regret” in a statement on Tuesday.

Wright joined the BBC in the 1970s and went on to host the afternoon shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

He also fronted television programmes for the BBC, including Top of the Pops.

Wright was last on air on Sunday, hosting a pre-recorded special Valentine’s Day edition of his Love Songs programme. He passed away on Monday.

Paying tribute to Wright on Radio 2 after his death was announced, an emotional Sara Cox said: “It’s really hard to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright’s passing, except we are all shocked and devastated and blindsided by this news.

“Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster, a really kind person, he was witty, he was warm, and he was a huge, huge part of the Radio 2 family, and I know my fellow DJs will all be absolutely shattered too.”

Source, full story and tributes: BBC News