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Saturday 14 December 2019

'His charm and wit always made me smile' - Fans pay tribute as the Internet reacts to Terry Wogan's death

Sir Terry Wogan, who has died aged 77 following a short illness
Sir Terry Wogan, who has died aged 77 following a short illness

David Kearns

Rocked by the sudden death of veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan (77), social media has erupted with messages of mourning.

The former BBC presenter died Sunday aged 77 following a long battle with cancer.

The radio icon was one of the UK and Ireland's best known stars, and his death was confirmed earlier today by his family.

Former BBC Radio 2 colleague Chris Evans posted on Twitter: "We are all so terribly sad upon haring of the passing of Terry. I can't put into words how the whole radio two family is feeling."

“Our most heartfelt thoughts go out to Helen, Mark, Alan, Katherine and Vanessa. To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can't believe it." 

BBC's director general Tony Hall added: "Terry truly was a national treasure."

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Fellow broadcaster DJ Lauren Laverne wrote: "Oh, man. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. Broadcasting hero", while Julian Clary said: "RIP Terry Wogan. A witty, warm and wonderful man."

Irish rock band The Coronas described Mr Wogan as “gentlemen”.

Presenter Dermot O'Leary tweeted: "Sir Terry. Just the most warm hearted, generous, funny, clever, life affirming man. Part of the foundations of BBC Radio 2 so very sad."

In a statement, President Michael D Higgins wrote: "his was a distinguished contribution to television and in particular to the medium of radio. People in Ireland will remember his early career in Irish broadcasting.

"On his move to Britain his voice became one of the most often quoted, favourite radio voices.

"Always proud of his origins in Limerick, he made many returns to his native country for television and radio projects," President Higgins added.

Irish actor and comedian Chris O'Dowd this morning reminisce about the presenter, tweeting: "Terry Wogan was a busy man. But he kindly gave up a day to film some scenes for Moone Boy. He brought and wore his own 80's mustard suit."

He continued:"I felt guilty as our day ran long, but when we finished, he still insisted on taking us all out for pizza. He was, and is, a class act."

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Richard Osman, of TV's Pointless, said: "So sad about Sir Terry Wogan. What a wonderful, clever, funny man. Did nothing but make the world a happier place."

Eurovision, the song contest Sir Terry hosted for many years, tweeted: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Wogan. He was without doubt the most remarkable Eurovision commentator in history."

Fellow Irishman and Boyzone singer Keith Duffy said: "Very sad to hear about Sir Terry Wogan, I loved his TV chat show as a young boy A real legend! God Speed Terry."

Tony Blackburn, a former radio colleague to the the 77-year-old,  added: "I can hardly believe my old friend Sir Terry Wogan has died. RIP Terry and thanks for being a friend."

Actor David Schneider said: "It's truly like God's put an intern in charge of deaths and he's going through the list of celebrities people really love. RIP Terry Wogan."

Elsewhere, UK Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.

"I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile."

Just last November, Sir Terry was forced to pull out of presenting Children In Need at the last minute due to health issues.

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