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Radio 2's Steve Wright dead at 69 – fans devastated as stars pay tribute to legend

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Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright has tragically died at age 69, his family have confirmed.The presenters family released a heartfelt statement which 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." He joined the BBC in the 1970s and went on to host shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2 for more than four decades.

BBC director general Tim Davie said he was "heartbroken" to hear the tragic news as he shared a statement. He said: "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. "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.

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