BBC radio DJ Steve Wright has died aged 69
Long-time BBC Radio DJ Steve Wright has died at the age of 69.
The veteran presenter, also known for fronting Top of the Pops, hosted shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades.
A statement shared to BBC News by Wright’s family said: “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.
“As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time.”
Tributes from across the industry have quickly poured in for the late star.
Tony Blackburn pays tribute to Steve Wright
Tony Blackburn pays tribute to Steve Wright after presenter’s death aged 69
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:26
Matt Lucas says Wright ‘was the most brilliant radio broadcaster of them all’
Comedian and actor Matt Lucas writes on social media: “Steve Wright was the most brilliant radio broadcaster of them all. So gifted and natural and engaging. It was always a pleasure and an honour to appear on his show. What a huge loss.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:20
Big mouth strikes again
Another classic shot from the archives: Here’s Wright along with Bruno Brookes, Janice Long, Simon Bates and a huge pair of false teeth promoting BBC Radio One in 1985.
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:18
Richard Hammond says: ‘I’ve lost my hero’
Former Top Gear and The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond wrote in memory of Wright: “I’ve lost my hero.”
“Steve Wright has left us,” he continued. “Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. He was the reason I started my career. Steve, you changed radio and thus broadcasting for us and shall be very, very sadly missed. Go Well.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:14
Wright promoting Red Nose Day ‘89
Here’s a lovely archive shot of Wright with fellow BBC radio DJs Simon Bates and Gary Davies promoting Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day on March 10, 1989.
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:08
Scott Mills says Wright ‘was a constant inspiration to me’
BBC DJ Scott Mills has posted a heartfelt tribute to Wright, calling him: “one of our greatest ever broadcasters.”
Mills added: “He made everything sound effortless, and worked so hard to make every show world class. He was a constant inspiration to me on how to do radio that sounded big.
“When I first started doing shows at Radio 2, he and I spent hours reminiscing about his days at Radio 1, and I would listen to his stories and wisdom in awe. My thoughts are with his family and my colleagues who have worked with him for so many years. Steve, you’re the best to ever do it.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:05
Phil Daniels says Wright told him they looked like each other
Quadrophenia actor Phil Daniels has posted a photo of himself in 1983’s Meantime along with a vintage shot of Wright.
“Nighty Night Steve Wright .. he always said I looked like him in Meantime,” wrote Daniel. “what a compliment”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 18:01
Richard Branson calls Wright “a true gentleman presenter”
Virgin founder and business magnate Richard Branson has posted his own tribute to Wright on social media, calling the late DJ “a true gentleman presenter who was loved by all.”
He added: “It was a pleasure to have known Steve over the years. Sending love to his family and to all who have lost special friends recently.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 17:58
Ken Bruce recalls ‘an outstanding and innovative broadcaster whose listeners loved him’
Another longtime BBC colleague of Wright’s, Ken Bruce, wrote on X/Twitter: “Totally shocked to hear the news about the great Steve Wright. We were planning lunch to celebrate the award of his richly deserved MBE. An outstanding and innovative broadcaster whose listeners loved him. What a loss to the world of radio.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 17:50
Tony Blackburn says Wright was ‘a great broadcaster and we just loved one another’s company’
Tony Blackburn OBE, a longtime BBC Radio colleague of Wright’s, wrote on social media: “I am so sad that my dear friend Steve Wright has passed away. He was a great broadcaster and we just loved one another’s company. I was shocked at the news and will miss him terribly.”
Kevin Perry13 February 2024 17:42