The death of Terry Wogan, the legendary British radio and television broadcaster, at age 77, comes as sad and shocking news. Numerous fellow broadcasters and presenters, actors, public figures and celebrities are expressing their condolences, paying tributes and sharing memories. Here is a roundup of what is being said.
It was from a short statement from the family, released to the media, that broke the sudden news, reading in part, “Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family,” along with a plea for privacy.
The Irish-born Terry Wogan was a fixture in British broadcasting from the 1960s on, and reached the height of fame and influence with his hugely popular morning show, ‘Wake Up to Wogan’ on BBC Radio 2 from which he retired in 2009. He is also known for hosting the the BBC Children in Need charity telecast for nearly 35 years; since 1980. Last November he withdrew due to health concerns.
In what became one of his final interviews, The UK Mirror reports that Terry Wogan reflected upon of his future, saying, “I’m supposed to be retiring, but I’m not. I have no plans to retire – they’ll have to carry me off stage.”
He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Helen Wogan and three children and, of course, many, many friends, colleagues, fans and admirers.
Once again, it was a sudden and shocking announcement of the death of a legend. This month of January has seen many deaths of legendary Britons including David Bowie, the iconic and influential artist who had released what became his last album just three days before his death at age 69.
That was closely followed by the sad news, just a few days later that the legendary actor Alan Rickman, known to many as Professor Severus Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies had died also at age 69. Both died of cancer.
Now, once again, another legend has died from cancer. This succession of deaths hasn’t gone unnoticed. And once again, the abrupt end to a life unfolding.
Tributes have been pouring in steadily from fellow broadcasters and personalities in television and radio, as well as public figures. Here is a roundup of what is being said at the sudden news of his passing.
He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9.
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016
Children In Need raised over £600m during the 35yrs that Terry Wogan was its 'face'.
That's a greater legacy than even his broadcasting.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2016
Terry Wogan was a national institution. A brilliant broadcaster who brought so many shows alive. He will be missed by millions.
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) January 31, 2016
— BIRDIE (@DarrenBirdie) January 31, 2016
So sad to hear about Terry Wogan. His voice filled the entire FM dial. Such a funny man. Such a lovely man.
— Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) January 31, 2016
Such a lovely and supportive man. I'm so grateful that I got to work with Terry Wogan. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/zzm3RaWtgG
— Gareth Malone OBE (@GarethMalone) January 31, 2016
Very sad to hear of Terry Wogan's passing. His voice was the sound of every morning driving to the worst witch studio and I loved him dearly
— Jessica Fox (@JesslaFox) January 31, 2016
Just woke up in USA to sad news about Sir Terry Wogan. A great TV presenter .RIP
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 31, 2016
— The Archers (@BBCTheArchers) January 31, 2016
Terribly sad news about the death of Terry Wogan. A giant of broadcasting – who helped raise £600 million for charity with Children in Need.
— Sadiq Khan MP (@SadiqKhan) January 31, 2016
So sad to hear about Terry Wogan. What he did for Children in Need was immense. A legend. I will miss his voice. pic.twitter.com/ewC88HCXCx
— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) January 31, 2016
Very sad to hear about Terry Wogan. It was a true honour to meet him. Such a wit and a gent. pic.twitter.com/pOKi5ptz7k
— Sarah Millican (@SarahMillican75) January 31, 2016
Reactions to the death of continue to pour in, as #TerryWogan and #RIPTerryWogan continue to be trending topics on Twitter and many share condolences for the family and pay tribute to the broadcast legend who was so influential for so many decades.
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