Former BBC Tees host Mark Turnbull has died at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Saturday after a short illness, aged 50.
He was very well known in the area having been at the station for 18 years.
Mark made his name as a journalist for PA and was the first blind chairman of a magistrate’s court in England, serving at Teesside Combined Courts.
The breakfast presenter also spent a year as president of the National Union of Journalists.
Tributes from radio friends have poured in on his Facebook page, including a message from BBC Tees Sports Editor Paul Addision, who said: “What a man. I have so many fond memories that will stay with me forever.”
BBC Tees Radio presenter and lifelong friend Ken Snowdon said: “In a grey world Mark was a burst of colour. The world is now more monochrome without him. I can’t imagine a world without him.”
A special tribute page has also been set up at facebook.com/MarkTurnbullRadio
A tribute was also made on BBC Radio 5 live:
Read more at the Chronicle website.