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Steve Wright dead - BBC Radio 2 star's family's heartbreaking statement in full

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BBC Radio 2 presenter Steve Wright has sadly died, at the age of 69. His family released a heartbreaking statement announcing the news, as they shared their "deep sorrow" at his passing.

Here it is in full, as the statement began: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright. "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," the statement went on. "As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time," Steve's family added.The devastating news comes amid an outpouring of love and tributes for the star, who was a true icon of the radio.

He presented his show on Radio 2 until 2022, when Scott Mills took over. Head of Radio 2, Helen Thomas, spoke on behalf of the entire team that had worked with Steve over the years, as she praised him for understanding the "connection and companionship" that radio creates "better than anyone". "He was a consummate professional whose attention to detail was always second to none, and he made his guests laugh, he was fair, and he wanted to showcase them and their work in the best possible light, bringing brilliant stories to our listeners," the boss shared.

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