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Ed Stewart has died after a short illness

Ed “Stewpot” Stewart has died just a few days after having a stroke, friends have said.

His friend of 40 years, Rocky Taylor said Ed’s ex-wife Chiara had informed him that he’d died in hospital in Bournemouth. His former brother in law, Adriano Henney tweeted to say he’d died after a short illness.

Ed’s broadcasting career started at Radio Hong Kong and lasted more than 50 years. He was at Radio 1 when it launched in 1967, presenting Happening Sunday and What’s New, but in 1968 took over Junior Choice which he presented for 12 years.

He presented other programmes as well as being a regular on TV, hosting Top of the Pops and Crackerjack in the 1970’s. He joined Radio 2 for a while and then moved to Radio Mercury where he spent 6 years on mid-mornings. In 1991 he rejoined Radio 2 where he was a regular presenter for 15 years.

Director of BBC Music, Bob Shennan told the BBC, “Stewart had been a “stalwart” of popular music broadcasting for many years, whose shows had been enjoyed by millions of listeners.

His BBC Radio 2 colleagues were extremely saddened to hear of his death, we are thinking of Ed’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

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