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Legendary radio presenter Steve Wright dies aged 69

Wright presented across BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for four decades.

By Will Richards

Steve Wright (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Legendary BBC radio presenter Steve Wright has died at the age of 69.

The broadcaster’s death was confirmed in a statement by Wright’s family, who said they brought the news “with deep sorrow and profound regret”.

Their statement read: “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.”

Wright joined the BBC in the 1970s and went on to present on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for over four decades, also presenting on television for the likes of Top of the Pops.

As BBC News report, Wright’s last show will be a Valentine’s Day edition of his Love Songs programme, which was pre-recorded on Sunday (February 11).

Those to pay tribute include Sara Cox, who wrote: “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.”

The BBC Director General Tim Davie added: “He was the ultimate professional – passionate about the craft of radio and deeply in touch with his listeners. This was deservedly recognised in the New Year Honours list with his MBE for services to radio.

“No-one had more energy to deliver shows that put a smile on audiences’ faces. They loved him deeply. We are thinking of Steve and his family and will miss him terribly.”

This is a developing story…