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Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Paddy McGuinness and others lead tributes to BBC presenter Steve Wright

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Tributes are flooding in to the late BBC radio presenter Steve Wright, who has died aged 69. The host was a household name after working on the BBC for four decades - having hosted shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2.

Bolton-born presenter Sara Cox was the first DJ on air since news of Steve's death broke this evening (February 13). As she began her drivetime show, she told listeners: "It's really hard to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright's passing except we are all absolutely devastated, and shocked, and blindsided by this news. "Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster, a really, 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. Try MEN Premium now for FREE...

just click here to give it a go. "And I imagine you're feeling sad too, and we are here for your messages. If you'd like to reach out, if you'd like to share your thoughts or memories about Steve, please do on 88291 because we've all lost a lovely friend who's been a big part of our lives for so many years. "So we're gonna try and do Steve proud for the rest of the show and we're gonna play the music that he loved so much." Other presenters have paid tribute to the broadcaster on social media this evening.

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