BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Simon Warr has passed away aged 65 after losing his battle with cancer.
The broadcaster, who also starred in Channel 4’s That’ll Teach ‘Em, died this morning while surrounded by his family.
A message was posted on Simon’s Twitter page, which said: “It is with great sadness that I’ve been asked to let all Simon’s followers know that he passed away early this morning at the age of 65 after a short battle with pancreatic/liver cancer.
“He was surrounded by his family, as well as the love & prayers of his many friends.
“Simon’s family have asked me to thank everyone who sent him such kind messages of love, support & hope.
“Simon’s campaign for justice for the falsely accused will continue. He had just finished writing a new book.
“Funeral arrangements will be shared soon RIP Simon.”
It is with great sadness that I’ve been asked to let all Simon’s followers know that he passed away early this morning at the age of 65 after a short battle with pancreatic/liver cancer. He was surrounded by his family, as well as the love & prayers of his many friends… (1/2) pic.twitter.com/dB5Lyo2a3N
— Simon Warr RIP (@bbcsimonwarr) February 22, 2020
Simon had recently tweeted that it was unlikely he’d be on Twitter again because of a very serious health condition. The tweet also said he was being cared for in a hospice and a friend would let everyone the outcome.
There was also a reference to child abuse allegations which he was cleared of in 2014. He said that he hoped his legacy will be a greater awareness of the human costs of false sexual allegations and wrongful convictions.
Many who knew him, have paid tribute to Simon on social media.
A tweet from Jeremy Vine said: “I am very sad to hear this. Simon Warr brought huge energy to every appearance he made @BBCRadio2 and @JeremyVineOn5, and there were many. He had incredible zest and a passion for learning and debate.”
BBC Radio Suffolk tweeted: “We’re very sad to be announcing that our friend and colleague Simon Warr died early this morning after a short spell with pancreatic cancer. Simon died surrounded by his family. He was a ‘one-off’ with a huge sense of fun. We will miss him so much.”