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Legendary BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright has died aged 69

Legendary BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright has died aged 69

The sad news was announced today

BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright has died, it has been announced today.

The sad news was announced this afternoon (13 February), with a statement from Steve's family.

"It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright," it reads.

BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright has died, it has been announced today.
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"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."

Meanwhile, a statement from BBC Director General, Tim Davie reads: "All of us at the BBC are heartbroken to hear this terribly sad news. Steve was a truly wonderful broadcaster who has been a huge part of so many of our lives over many decades.

Steve joined the BBC in the 1970s.
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"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."

The DJ presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for over 40 years.

Steve first joined BBC in the 1970s and began hosting afternoon shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

He also worked on Top of the Pops and recently pre-recorded a special Valentine's Love Songs programme.

Steve worked on both Radio 1 and Radio 2.
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Since the news was announced, tributes have been pouring in for the DJ.

Lorna Clarke, Director of BBC Music said in a statement: "Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster – someone audiences loved, and many of us looked up to.

"He loved radio, and he loved the BBC, but most of all… he loved his audience. From Radio 1 to Radio 2, he was with us for more than four decades, and brought so much joy to our airwaves, whatever he was up to. We were privileged to have him with us for all these years."

Our thoughts are with Steve's family and loved ones.

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