Steve Wright of the BBC Dead at 69

( – Steven Wright died at age 69 on February 12. Wright was a famous voice on UK radio over the past several decades. He first came on-air at the BBC in the 70s and quickly began hosting his own programs on BBC Radio 1 & 2 where he accumulated millions of regular listeners over the years.

Emotional tributes began to flood social media in the wake of his death being announced. Many considered themselves “heartbroken” including British celebrities Zoe Ball, Jo Whiley, and Sara Cox.

Wright had also been the consistent presenter for BBC One’s “Top Of The Pops,” as well as regularly hosting “Sunday Love Songs,” a weekend show on BBC Radio 2.

His final recording was made in advance of Valentine’s Day and was appropriately themed for the holiday. He anticipated a return to the airwaves the following week, signing off with sentiments saying he’d be back on Sunday.

His family shared a statement announcing his death “with deep sorrow and profound regret.”

The statement highlights Wright’s legacy, suggesting he’s survived by his son and daughter as well as his brother and father. The statement also expressed regret for his “close friends and colleagues” as well as the millions who listened to him regularly. The statement added that Wright was incredibly popular and would be missed by many.

Fellow presenter Sara Cox suggested that his death was very sudden and unexpected, catching a lot of people off guard. She said she was “devastated and blindsided” by his passing. Zoe Ball called him a “wonderful magic man.” She called him “Wrighty” in written comments, suggesting he was an “inspiration,” and “master of broadcasting.”

Dame Esther Rantzen, a frequent interviewee of Wright’s, suggested he created an atmosphere that was unique, wherein people were excited to tune in to hear what he had to say every time he hosted a program.

BBC 2 Radio head Helen Thomas called Wright “a consummate professional” who had an extreme attention for details who made guests laugh. He’ll be missed by millions.

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