Paul Passed Away at the Age of 67
A Great Loss
Paul O’Grady passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening aged 67. In a statement, his partner, Andre Portasio, said: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.” He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion. I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years.”
The Comedian, radio and TV presenter recently left BBC Radio 2 after 14 years following reports he wasn’t happy with his show. Lorna Clarke, Director of Music, BBC said: “We are all shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Paul O’Grady. He was a much-loved presenter to the Radio 2 audience, and his unique sense of humour, charm and warmth touched the hearts of many. Paul will be hugely missed and our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.” Zoe Ball paid tribute to Paul on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show earlier with tributes continuing across the day on the station.
A collection of Paul’s broadcasts will be available on BBC Sounds.
More recently, Paul presented on Boom Radio and was due to host another show on the station on Easter Day. Phil Riley, co-founder of Boom Radio said: “There are few broadcasters who attract the love Paul did. The response to his last show was enormous – listeners felt he’d popped around to their house over lunch. That was his gift. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Paul’s long-term producer wrote on Twitter: “I’m devasted. Yesterday afternoon I popped around to Paul’s for a good-old catch-up. Surrounded by his beloved dogs, he was laughing, smiling and full of life. He was proud of ‘Annie”, so happy to be back on Boom Radio and was looking forward to so many new projects. And now he has gone. I can’t believe it. We have lost a unique talent – and I have lost a dear friend. We were all lucky to have Paul in our lives. My heart goes out to Andre, Paul’s family and friends.
Oh, how I will miss him.”
(Source: National Press | Radio Today)