Shock as radio station announces 55-year-old host ‘died while presenting his programme’

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A local radio host died of a suspected heart attack while presenting his daily breakfast show.

Tim Gough, 55, was presenting his morning show for GenX Radio Suffolk when the music stopped playing in the middle of a song, about an hour into his slot.

The music resumed minutes later but Mr Gough, who had been speaking moments earlier, did not return and the station later confirmed he had died.

GenX Radio Suffolk posted on their social media accounts: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you, our dear friend and breakfast host Tim Gough passed away this morning whilst presenting his program .”

“Our love for his family, son, sister, brother and mother.

“Tim was doing what he loved. He was 55.

Tim Gough, 55, was presenting his breakfast show for GenX Radio Suffolk when the music stopped playing in the middle of a song, an hour into his slot

GenX Radio Suffolk posted on their social media accounts:

GenX Radio Suffolk posted on their social media accounts: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you, our dear friend and breakfast host Tim Gough passed away this morning whilst presenting his program .”

The host, whose radio career dates back to 1986, had wished his listeners a good morning and was delighted that the radio station would launch on DAB within a week.

He gave weather updates across Suffolk and minutes before Madness’ ‘Grey Day’ came to an abrupt end, he was talking about famous couples who have married in Bury, Suffolk, over the years.

The father-of-one has spoken his last words after playing The Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar, commenting that it was the birthday of bassist Bill Wyman, a resident of Suffolk.

James Hazell, managing director of GenX Radio Suffolk, was on the air from 9 a.m. and shortly before 11 a.m. he informed listeners of the “devastating blow”.

He said: “I speak to you this morning with some frankly tragic news.

“At ten to eight this morning, in the middle of Tim Cough’s breakfast show, he suffered a catastrophic cardiac episode – as it has been described.

“Despite the best efforts of the paramedics, who were on the scene very quickly, about 20-25 minutes doing what they could to resuscitate themselves – this was not the case.

“It was in the middle of his program, he was doing something he liked to do.

He added: “I really have no words at this point, he was 55, very healthy.” Who knows why these things happened, but it did.

Tim has been described as 'born and bred in Suffolk' and had worked in the radio industry since the 80s

Tim has been described as ‘born and bred in Suffolk’ and had worked in the radio industry since the 80s

Mr Hazell told the East Anglian Daily Times that Mr Gough was ‘a hugely experienced and very talented broadcaster with an army of fans for his daily programme’.

He added: “To know Tim personally, as I have done very closely for over 30 years, was to know a warm, caring and fun guy whom I and my family loved very much.” We are heartbroken by the news.

His profile on the radio’s website reads: ‘Tim was born and raised in Suffolk and brought up in a village near Bury St Edmunds.

“His radio career spanned more than a quarter of a century, beginning at Radio Orwell in 1986.

“He then presented the breakfast show on Saxon Radio and SGR-FM, as well as appearances on Smooth Radio and various other East Midlands radio stations.

He added that the breakfast show on GenX Radio Suffolk was the first time Mr Gough had returned behind the microphone in over a decade.

Condolences and tributes quickly poured in from fans of the local radio station, which launched in January this year, following the sad announcement.

Linda wrote on Facebook: “Such sad news. It was so nice to hear his cheerful voice in the morning.

Kelly-Anne tweeted: ‘My darling friend. Doing what he loved to do but I can’t understand the loss.

Phil said it was “so so sad, I really enjoyed his RIP breakfast show”.


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