The veteran BBC broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has passed away aged 77, his family confirms.
The broadcasting legend has passed away after a short battle with cancer, his family have confirmed. In a statement, they said:”Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.
“He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
BBC director general Tony Hall commented: “Terry truly was a national treasure.”
The Irish broadcaster has had a career spanning over 50 years on TV and Radio. He is best known for presenting Blankety Blank from 1979 to 1983, Children in Need every year since 1980 and his fantastic commentary of the Eurovision Song Contest for almost 40 years.
On radio, he is best known for his morning show on BBC Radio 2 in 1993 called Wake Up with Wogan, hosting his final breakfast show in 2009.
Stars have rushed to twitter to share express their condolences:
Overwhelmed by the outpouring of love for Sir Tel.Truly the best in our business. Never taking himself at all seriously. That was his genius
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) January 31, 2016
He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9.
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016
1/2 My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent – someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016
So so sad at the news Sir Terry has passed away.He was the funniest,kindest man,it was a huge privilege to work with him & a joy to know him
— Tess Daly (@TessDaly) January 31, 2016
Sir Terry. Just the most warm hearted, generous, funny, clever, life affirming man. Part of the foundations of @BBCRadio2 so very sad.
— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) January 31, 2016
Waking up to the very sad news that Sir Terry Wogan has died. Such a very charming man & a great broadcaster. Sending love to his family
— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) January 31, 2016
RIP Sir Terry Wogan, a true national treasure who will be missed by millions.