Colin Bloomfield, a presenter on BBC Radio Derby for over 10 years, has died after a public battle with skin cancer.
He was just 33 when he passed away at a hospice near his family home this week.
Colin had a malignant melanoma removed from his leg 10 years ago, but in 2013 he was diagnosed with stage four melanoma.
BBC Radio Derby’s editor Simon Cornes told the BBC: “Reporter, producer, commentator, presenter – Colin was all of those. You’re lucky in radio if you’re good at one of these things but Colin’s talent was a rare one and he was extraordinarily accomplished at all of them. He made it seem easy. We know it isn’t.
“If you were designing the perfect colleague you’d come up with Colin. His modesty was disarming but it was his warmth and his positive attitude to life that made him so popular with everyone at Radio Derby. We’ve lost our friend but it’s a mark of the man that so many of our listeners feel they’ve lost their friend too. All of us are going to miss him dreadfully.”
Listeners have raised over £60,000 in a charity appeal in the last two months and colleague Sally Pepper is running the London Marathon on Sunday to add to the total in his memory.
Burton Albion Football Club will be holding a one minute silence for him before today’s football match.
Ever optimistic, his last tweet was just two weeks ago, where he said: “It’s crazy how things have changed so quickly. A doctor quoted weeks at me yesterday with survival but I’m hoping to last a bit longer :-)”
It's crazy how things have changed so quickly. A doctor quoted weeks at me yesterday with survival but I'm hoping to last a bit longer
— Colin Bloomfield (@ColinBloomfield) April 10, 2015