dj Tim Gougha broadcaster on a local station GenX Radio Suffolkpassed away this morning, Monday October 24, while presenting his morning show.
The station, which launched earlier this year, released a statement on Twitterwriting: “It is with the heaviest heart that I must inform you, our dear friend and breakfast host Tim Gough passed away this morning while presenting his programme.
“Our love for his family, his son, his sister, his brother and his mother. Tim was doing what he loved. He was 55.”
The 55-year-old who was born and raised in Suffolk is believed to have died of a heart attack in the middle of a song on his show. The music stopped abruptly around 7:50 a.m., before resuming a few minutes later. He was broadcasting from his home, 35 miles from the station’s headquarters in Ipswich.
Gough’s radio career began almost four decades ago at Ipswich’s Radio Orwell in 1986, including more than 25 years as a broadcaster at that time, also working at stations such as smooth radio and Saxon Radio.
He had been away from radio for more than a decade before resuming his radio career at GenX.
James HazelManaging Director of GenX Radio said: “To know Tim personally, as I have done very closely for over 30 years, was to know a warm, caring and fun guy whom I and my family loved very much. We are heartbroken by the news.
“I know his family is extremely heartened by the hundreds of messages of love that have been received and have asked for privacy at this devastating time.”
Tim Foster, who worked with Gough at Radio Orwell and worked for Radio BBC Suffolksaid: “I first met Tim when he was working backstage on the Saturday afternoon sports show.
“We hit it off immediately and the banter never stopped throughout our time on Radio Orwell and Saxon Radio.
“He was a Norwich City fan so the rivalry and humor was fierce!
“He did such a great job on air on Saxon – his big personality shines through.
“I am so sad to hear of his sudden death which has deprived Suffolk of one of its nicest lads.”
His colleague Mark Eley said on Facebook: ‘The very talented Tim Gough from our Breakfast show sadly passed away this morning doing what he loved the most.
“Today is indeed a very sad day for radio and everyone who had the good fortune to know Tim. My thoughts are with you all as we come to terms with this tremendous shock. I speak on behalf of everyone at Generation X Radio Suffolk when I say thank you for all your kind messages and outpouring of love and support, I know the team, we really appreciate it.”
“Tim leaves behind a huge hole that cannot be filled and we are all in shock.
“In the short time I have known him it is clear to see his talent and passion for radio and the knowledge and support he has shown to others is tremendous. I have learned so much from Tim. “
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