Mark Benson, experienced commercial radio presenter and current afternoon drive host on Sunshine Radio, has died at the age of 44.
He was found yesterday by Police after what his brother explains was a long battle with his inner demons.
Mark has worked in radio for almost 30 years – starting at Canterbury Hospital Radio then Radio Top Shop and moving on to SGR, BRMB, Power FM, Capital, Smooth Radio, Real Radio, Key 103, Radio City, Wave 105, KMFM, Imagine FM, Hertbeat and more.
He worked in radio abroad, at Spectrum FM in Spain, HiFM and Channel 4 in Dubai. Mark also had a career and keen interest in wrestling. He was known as Dynamic Domino.
He joined Sunshine Radio in January this year, and the station is currently running special programming to mark his sudden passing.
Sunshine’s Station Manager Mark Edwards paid tribute: “Mark was a well liked and popular man as well as a professional radio presenter. All of us are deeply shocked and deeply saddened at the loss of one of our colleagues.
“He was a Gentleman and quiet soul. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this distressing time.”
Just a couple of week ago he uploaded an aircheck of one of his Sunshine Radio shows – you can hear it below.
Writing on Facebook, his brother said: “It is with much sadness that I have to announce that My Brother Mark was sadly found dead yesterday. For some time he has been battling his inner demons and over the weekend he has finally has lost the war. He was much loved by all those that came across him and will be very sadly missed by many, He was always a fun character who loved to entertain people either in person,via his radio career or as his true passion wrestling. We as a family, are all still stunned and shocked with the news and still trying to process it. Once we know more and about funeral arrangements I will advise. RIP Mark sleep well little brother, I will always love you and hope you are finally at peace xxxxxx”
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sunshine Radio's Mark Benson. pic.twitter.com/cBP2XeEfgA
— Sunshine Radio (@SunshineRadio) June 14, 2016