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Shocked colleagues of Sir Terry Wogan paid tribute to a national treasure and broadcasting legend following his death on Sunday from cancer, which he had kept secret.

The Irish-born radio and TV host was the face of Children in Need for 35 years during a career that spanned five decades.

The 77-year-old is survived by his wife Helen, and three children, Katherine, Mark and Alan. They also had a daughter who died in infancy.

Stunned friends, many of whom had no idea he was seriously ill, mourned a man they described as fun and mischievous, the “King of the Airwaves.”
 
The BBC Radio 2 presenter, whose Wake Up to Wogan and later Wogan’s Weekend shows attracted millions of listeners, was hailed the “finest broadcaster of a lifetime.” His TV successes included his chatshow, Wogan, and quiz show Blankety Blank.

Elton posted a photo of himself on Instagram with Terry and wrote:

”Such a special and funny man. A brilliant broadcaster and presenter.

”He came to our Civil Partnership celebration and was a loyal supporter.

”Love to his family.”

Cyndi Lauper called Terry ”sweet and funny,” while Boy George said he was sad to hear the news, adding:

”He was charming, witty as hell and a great Irishman.”