On Monday, A longtime British radio host died suddenly while on air and broadcasting for an early morning show.
Tim Gough died at his home in Lackford, Suffolk, during his breakfast show on GenX Radio. The Independent reports that Gough died at 55 due to a suspected heart attack. Gough was an hour into his breakfast show when the music stopped during a song, “Grey Day,” by Madness, according to The Sun.
There was a pause in the music before the song continued on, but the host did not return.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you, our dear friend and breakfast host Tim Gough passed away this morning whilst presenting his program. Our love to his family, son, sister, brother and mom. Tim was doing what he loved. He was 55 years old. RIP buddy,” a representative of GenX said in a statement.
“To know Tim personally, as I did very closely for over 30 years, was to know a warm, caring, fun guy who myself and my family loved dearly. We are heartbroken by the news,” James Hazell, managing director of GenX Radio, said. “I know his family are enormously comforted by the hundreds of loving messages that have been received and have asked for privacy at this devastating time.”
“Heartbroken today,” said fellow host Jason King in a tweet. “A phone call just after midday confirmed the news that none of us could have expected @Tim_Gough is no longer with us. A beautiful human, gentleman and father. Sleep well my friend, it’s been a privilege to call you a friend.”
Another Radio Host, Amy Voce, tweeted, “Absolutely gutted to hear this news about Tim. He was my first ever boss in radio at Leicester Sound when I was 18 and was SO wonderful. I have the happiest of memories & we always kept in touch & if it wasn’t for him I might not be in radio.”
Gough began in radio in 1986, and went off the air for nearly 10 years before he came out of retirement to host the show, according to the BBC.
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