BBC Radio Devon presenter and commentator Gordon Sparks dies

Well-known BBC Radio Devon presenter and journalist Gordon Sparks has died.

Gordon had been undergoing treatment for cancer and tweeted on Friday to say he’s moved to a hospice after updating his followers about his condition getting worse the previous day.

He was famous for commentating on Plymouth Argyle across local radio, starting with hospital radio and Plymouth Sound before moving to the BBC. Most recently he hosted breakfast on Radio Devon.

The station is paying tribute to him with special features and programming all day today (Sunday) and RIP Sparksy is currently trending on social media.

In August, Plymouth Argyle named the press box in his honour inside the newly refurbished Mayflower Stand. Fans sang their support for him during the recent away game against Milton Keynes Dons.

He died on Sunday morning and is survived by his wife Heather, daughters Kirsty and Holly and his granddaughter.

Jason Horton, Acting Director of BBC England and former head of BBC South, paid tribute. He said: “Such sad news – @SparksyOnRadio was a broadcaster who loved his audience, loved his job and loved @Argyle. A friend to more people than he will ever have met, Gordon will be missed massively by so many.”

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2022 at 11:27 am by Roy Martin

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