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Legendary radio broadcaster Steve Wright dies, aged 69

Legendary radio broadcaster Steve Wright dies, aged 69
Legendary radio broadcaster Steve Wright dies at the age of 69, days after his most recent Radio 2 show aired.

Radio broadcasting legend Steve Wright has died at the age of 69, his family have announced.

The hugely-popular presenter had been a familiar voice on the airwaves for almost 50 years, working mostly for BBC Radio but also presenting for other stations and on-screen for shows including Top of the Pops.

Wright had been hosting Radio 2's Sunday Love Songs and Pick of the Pops up until his death, with his most recent programme going out just two days ago.

The family statement read: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.

"In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities.

"As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, added: "Steve understood the connection and companionship that radio engenders better than anyone, and we all loved him for it. He was a consummate professional whose attention to detail was always second to none, and he made his guests laugh, he was fair, and he wanted to showcase them and their work in the best possible light, bringing brilliant stories to our listeners.

"Steve's afternoon show was an institution that began on Radio 1 and later moved over to Radio 2 where it was broadcast for 23 years. He believed in the BBC passionately during his career that spanned for more than four decades, and he was always up for pursuing new ideas. He brought joy to millions of listeners with his Sunday Love Songs as well as the legendary Pick of the Pops, which he took on last year and was having fun experimenting with, alongside a host of specials and new BBC Sounds formats which he loved doing.

"Steve was the first presenter I ever produced more than twenty years ago, and I remember the pure amazement I felt, sitting opposite this legendary broadcaster whose shows I had listened to and marvelled at whilst growing up in Hull.

"For all of us at Radio 2, he was a wonderful colleague and a friend with his excellent sense of humour, generosity with his time, and endless wise words. We were lucky to have him with us for all these decades, and we will miss his talent and his friendship terribly."

The cause of Wright's death is currently unknown.

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