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Wright’s family confirmed the death to the BBC in a statement earlier today.
“It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright,” they said. “In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK’s most enduring and popular radio personalities. As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time.”
BBC Director General Tim Davie led the tributes, calling Wright “the ultimate professional – passionate about the craft of radio and deeply in touch with his listeners.”
Wright presented shows on Radio 1 and Radio 2 for decades, including most recently his iconic Sunday Love Songs. He also had stints hosting music TV show Top of the Pops and spin-off Top of the Pops 2.