Thursday 17 October 2019

Today FM presenter Tony Fenton has died following cancer battle

Tony Fenton at work in Today FM
Tony Fenton at work in Today FM
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Veteran radio presenter Tony Fenton has died following a five-year cancer battle.

The 53-year-old Today FM presenter had been battling prostate cancer since 2010 and passed away last night, March 11 at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

The much-loved presenter had fronted his award-winning show with Today FM since 2004, having previously worked at RTE for 18 years.

Tony (whose real name was Anthony Fagan) grew up in Glasnevin before migrating to the southside and he most recently lived in Stillorgan.

He began his career with a mobile disco with [former 2fm DJ turned pilot] Barry Lang and [fellow Today FM DJ] Ian Dempsey. 

In 1978, at just 17 years old, he got his big break at pirate station Alternative Radio Dublin (ARD) before joining Sunshine Radio and Radio Nova.

He then moved to RTE 2FM where he presented The Hotline.  After  18 years he defected to Today FM.

'We'll miss you dearly dude' - Tony Fenton's Today FM colleagues pay tribute to the legendary presenter 

In January this year the DJ had said he expected to return to his weekday slot from 2.30-4.30pm "in four weeks" after an absence from work of 10 months.

He had travelled to Germany for surgery to remove the cancer, which had recurred after the initial appearance in 2010.

In November, after 40 years,  inducted into the PPI Radio Awards Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Gay Byrne, Marian Finucane and Larry Gogan.

Tributes have been pouring in for friends and fans of Tony on social media:

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