Sir Terry Wogan dies after short battle with cancer

Veteran BBC broadcaster passes away aged 77

Sir Terry Wogan, the veteran BBC broadcaster, has died after a short battle with cancer, his family has announced.

In a statement released this morning they said, “He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Wogan, known for his successful career as a television and radio host, enjoyed a 50-year career spent mostly at the BBC. He is best remembered as the face of Children In Need, the voice of Eurovision (a job he passed on to fellow presenter Graham Norton in later years) and longtime host of his own BBC1 chat show ‘Wogan’ – which stopped airing in 1992 after a 10 year run.

BBC director general Tony Hall said, “Terry truly was a national treasure.”

“He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family,” he added.

Prime Minister David Cameron also paid tribute to the broadcaster. He said, “My thoughts are with Terry Wogan’s family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.”

He added, “I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on TV. His charm and wit always made me smile.”

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