John Peel passes away
Last updated 26 October 2004
John Peel OBE, legendary Radio 1 and Radio 4 presenter, has died suddenly on holiday in Peru.
It has been confirmed that John died from a heart attack last night - he leaves behind his wife Sheila and four children.
The veteran broadcaster had worked for Radio 1 since its launch in 1967.
Radio 1 Controller Andy Parfitt said:
"John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1."
"John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable."
"Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years."
"In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will be hugely missed."
BBC Director of Radio & Music Jenny Abramsky added:
"John Peel was a unique broadcaster whose influence on Radio 1 could be felt from its very first days. He nurtured musicians and listeners alike introducing them to new sounds."
"His open minded approach to music was mirrored by his equally generous approach to his audience when he went to Radio 4 to present Home Truths."
"He had a remarkable rapport with all his listeners. Everyone at BBC Radio is devasted by the news. John is simply irreplaceable. Our hearts go out to Sheila and his children."
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