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.”