Tributes pour in for RTE DJ Alan McQuillan who has died aged 37
Tributes have been pouring in for Alan McQuillan, who has died aged just 37.
The popular RTE presenter and producer passed away suddenly on Wednesday at Beaumont Hospital.
Alan, who was from Glasnevin, Dublin, worked across RTE radio, including 2FM, where he presented Early Breakfast from 2014.
His most recent role was presenting The Workstation on RTE Pulse.
2FM issued a statement paying tribute to their "beloved friend and colleague" whose death was "unexpected" and came after a "short illness".
"Alan was well known and respected throughout RTÉ and was a talented member of our Radio family for almost 20 years," they said.
"We will miss him dearly, and we send our thoughts and condolences to his family and to his many friends both inside and outside RTÉ.
"The passing of Alan has come as the greatest shock to those who knew him. Alan was ubiquitous to the radio centre in every way. His wonderful kind character and his work ethic touched everybody and everything that came from radio, both on and off air. Across all stations presenters were desk trained by Al, pre-recorded programmes were scheduled by Al, outside broadcasts were operated by Al.
"In addition to Al becoming a regular on Radio 1 continuity, he was one of the longest serving on air voices synonymous with weekend music on 2FM.
"Al was truly a radio man."
The statement continued to say that Al was "beloved of all who knew him" and his "kindness, warmth and selflessness in dealing with his colleagues was one of his greatest strengths".
It concluded, "The radio centre is an emptier place in his absence and without him we are truly off air."
Friends and colleagues of Alan's took to social media to pay tribute.
Nikki Hayes, who worked at 2FM for many years, took to Twitter to express her shock at the sad news, ""Lost a dear friend today suddenly. Life is so precious."
She also paid tribute to Alan on Instagram, sharing a throwback photo, captioned, "I'm so so sad. The shock has lifted and I've been in tears the last hour. #rip to a wonderful friend @alanmcquillan1 way way too soon Alser"
Lucy Kennedy, Baz Ashmawy, and Maia Dunphy were among those paying tribute to Alan on Twitter.
Im fucking heartbroken. @AlanMcQuillan1 was always a friendly face in @RTE2fm no matter what was happening. He was kind with buckets of talent, funny, gentle and clever but above all he was one of my favourite people in RTE. Too young. I feel cheated & robbed of my friend.— Baz Ashmawy (@bazashmawy) January 17, 2019
So terribly sad and shocked to hear about @AlanMcQuillan1 . Such a great guy, and always a lot of fun. Condolences to his family. 😢— Maïa Dunphy (@MaiaDunphy) January 17, 2019
So very sad and shocked to hear of the death of @RTE2fm DJ @AlanMcQuillan1. He used to brighten up every evening when we chatted before going on air with @willleahy. My thoughts are with his family, his friends and all his colleagues in @rte. RIP Al, thanks for all the laughs!— Arwen Foley (@ArwenFoley) January 17, 2019
Sometimes there are no words. We lost one of our best friends this week. Going to miss you so much, Al. We all are. It won’t be the same without you. It really won’t— Declan Pierce (@DecPierce) January 17, 2019
Alan McQuillan - better known to the Pulse FM crew as Al The Gardener. RIP 😔❤️ the show this weekend is for you pic.twitter.com/CRHAT4ElAs
My @RTE colleague and friend Alan McQuillan took suddenly ill and passed away on Wednesday. His name might not mean a huge amount to you unless you heard me saying “and thanks to Alan back at base” on about 80% of the outside broadcasts I did in 2FM over the years... (thread) pic.twitter.com/ZuMahJQfZT— Rick O'Shea (@rickoshea) January 18, 2019
Alzer was our pal first & our colleague second. He was so proud to work for @rte2fm. Just wish I could tell him now how proud we were to know him.— Carl Mullan (@CarlMullan) January 18, 2019
Alan McQuillan - Thanks for all the laughs, wisdom & for just being a wonderful person & great friend. Heartbroken. Our Al Pal♥️ https://t.co/KxzRqaTgdb
Sad, sad news. Alan McQuillan was a really really decent guy. Worked closely with him for years across all the dance, electronic and live events on @RTE2fm . Can't say enough good things about him. Deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/3Wh87GWnUN— ian w (@toofeckinmuch) January 18, 2019
A generous, talented and very decent former colleague, Alan McQuillan is a huge loss to radio and my thoughts are with his family.— Rebecca Horan (@HoranBex) January 17, 2019
Ray Shah also shared a throwback photo from Electric Picnic and said he "had many a funny moment with him over the years", adding, "RIP Alan...can't believe this and my thoughts are with all his family"