Radio presenter and VO Dave Hickman has died aged 54. News of his passing was announced on Twitter yesterday by colleagues.
Ian Danter from talkSPORT first mentioned the news by saying: “Dreadful news. Former Heart FM presenter Dave Hickman has passed away. Such a gentle soul & a quite superb broadcaster. R.I.P. Dave :(”
Orion Media CEO Phil Riley tweeted: “RIP Dave Hickman – gone far, far too young. One of 100.7s original heroes.”
“Chrissy” wrote on Digital Spy: “I called Dave a friend for 15 years. My love and thoughts to Dave’s widow Bev , Children Isabella & Sam and Dave’s younger Brother Stuart.”
More tributes poured in by friends and former colleagues who have worked with Dave over the years at various stations, including Heart West Midlands, Smooth Radio, Xtra AM and BRMB.
Stuart Ellis, presenter at BBC Radio Stoke: “Terribly sad, such a lovely guy.”
Ed James, Heart Breakfast presenter: “Awful news about Dave Hickman. Brilliant presenter of between the sheets on Heart and genuinely lovely man. Thoughts to Bev and his family x”
“Incredible sad news about Dave. All our thoughts are with Bev and the children,” said presenter Nick Piercey
Carlos of Smooth Radio, a former colleague, wrote this on his Facebook page last night:
“Such a sad day. Earlier today I heard the very sad news that my former colleague & friend Dave Hickman had passed away. I first worked with Dave at BRMB in the early 90’s and we became colleagues again in 97 at Heart before fate brought us back together at Smooth in 2008.
“Dave was a rarity in this business; humble, modest and self-effacing. He was a charming man, a wonderful father & great husband. Such was Dave’s consideration towards others that when I was off air for 5 months in 2009 with a crippling back condition Dave sent me a surprise gift that he knew would cheer me up.
“Knowing I collected radio station mugs he sourced one featuring my all time favourite radio station, New York’s 77 WABC. This mug is now even more precious as it’ll always make me smile & remind me of a true gentleman of my profession who I had the pleasure of working alongside for many years. RIP Dave. His family are in our prayers. C x”
— Nick Piercey (@nickpiercey) July 18, 2013