BBC stalwart Sir Terry Wogan dies after short battle with cancer
PUBLISHED: 09:42 31 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:23 31 January 2016
Broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, the BBC has announced.
The veteran presenter, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, was one of the UK and Ireland’s best known stars.
A statement from his family said Sir Terry died surrounded by his family.
“Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time,” the Wogan family statement said.
BBC Director General Tony Hall described Sir Terry, who was born in Limerick, as a “national treasure”.
He said: “Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we’ve lost a wonderful friend. He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family.
“For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.
“Wake up to Wogan was for millions of Radio 2 listeners the very best way to start the day. For decades he’s been such a huge part of the BBC on television and radio and leaves so many wonderful memories.
“At the centre of Children In Need since its beginning he raised hundreds of millions of pounds and changed so many lives for the better. He leaves a remarkable legacy.”
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.
“I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”
Helen Boaden, director at BBC Radio, said: ‘Sir Terry was a radio legend. For decades, he gave great pleasure to radio listeners with his wit, warmth and inimitable humour. He was an extraordinary broadcaster but also incredibly good fun, and will be sorely missed.’
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