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Sara Cox's voice shook on Radio 2 as it was announced that her friend, colleague and Radio 2 legend Steve Wright had died aged 69.

“It's really difficult to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright's passing other than that we are all absolutely devastated, shocked and blindsided by this news,” she began on Radio 2 when the news broke.

'Steve was an extraordinary broadcaster. A very, very kind person. He was witty, warm and was a big part of the Radio 2 family.

'I know my fellow DJs will be absolutely devastated too. I imagine you are sad too, so we are here to receive your messages.

'If you would like to get in touch, share your thoughts or memories about Steve, please do so. We have all lost a lovely friend who has been a huge part of our lives for so many years.

Wright's family confirmed the news in a statement released on Tuesday, saying: “It is with profound sadness and deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.

Wright has been the voice of the nation since he first appeared on BBC radio in the 1970s (Photo: Geoff Wilkinson/REX/Shutterstock)

“In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence, and his father, Richard.

'Also, much-loved friends and colleagues and millions of dedicated radio listeners who have had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve to participate in their daily lives as one of the UK's most popular and enduring radio personalities.

'While we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this extremely difficult time.'

Wright was one of the country's most loved and familiar voices, having presented programs for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades, and was also a long-running presenter of Top Of The Pops on BBC One.

In September 2022, Steve's afternoon show came to an end and he continued to host Sunday Love Songs.

A month later he began presenting Radio 2's long-running show Pick of the Pops.

His last show aired just days before his death, which was a special pre-recorded Valentine's Day edition of his show Love Songs.

The broadcasting world and beyond flooded social media to pay tribute to a man clearly loved by many.

Radio 1's Scott Mills took to X, formerly Twitter, and said: 'Steve Wright is one of our greatest broadcasters of all time.

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Tributes poured in from the broadcasting world and elsewhere for the presenter (Photo: Carol Norman/Shutterstock)

'He made everything look easy and worked hard to make each show world class. He was a constant inspiration to me on how to make radio that sounded great.

'When I first started doing shows on Radio 2, he and I would spend hours reminiscing about his days on Radio 1, and I would listen to his stories and wisdom in awe.

'My thoughts are with his family and my colleagues who worked with him for so many years. Steve, you are the best to ever do this.

Fellow radio presenter Ken Bruce wrote: 'Utterly shocked to hear the news about the great Steve Wright. We were planning a lunch to celebrate his well-deserved MBE award.

'An exceptional and innovative broadcaster whose listeners adored him. What a loss for the radio world.

Steve was recently awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2024 New Year Honors for his services to radio over the decades.

Jo Whiley thanked Wright, 'the broadcaster', for all his support over the years following his death.

In one post, the radio DJ and television presenter wrote: 'What a man. What a legend.

'The broadcaster's broadcaster. One of the kindest and kindest people I've had the pleasure of working with.

'Thank you for the support and musical chat over the years. I can't believe we won't meet up in the bowels of the MV for our weekly chat. I love you, Wrighty.

Fellow BBC star Tony Blackburn said: 'I'm so sad that my dear friend Steve Wright has passed away. He was a great announcer and we just loved each other's company. I was shocked by the news and will miss him terribly.

The likes of Piers Morgan, Matt Lucas and Carol Vorderman have also paid tribute to Wright, citing him as one of radio's greatest broadcasters.

Richard Hammond said he lost his “hero” and credited Wright as “the reason I started my career.”

On Sunday's pre-recorded show, Wright closed with a feature, 'Ta-ta, then,' for the last time.

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