A popular radio DJ has died while broadcasting live on-air.
Tim Gough was an hour into his show on GenX Radio Suffolk when the music stopped halfway through a song, before resuming a few minutes later, according to The Mirror.
The DJ was broadcasting from his home when he passed away at around 7.50am today (Monday 24 October).
In a statement, the station said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to inform you, our dear friend and breakfast host Tim Gough passed away this morning whilst presenting his programme
Our love to his family, son, sister, brother and mum.
“Tim was doing what he loved. He was 55 years old.”
Gough was an experienced broadcaster whose career spanned 36 years.
It began at Radio Orwell in 1986, before he went on to present the breakfast show on Saxon Radio and SGR-FM, as well as working on national station Smooth Radio and various stations in the east Midlands, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
James Hazell, managing director of GenX Radio Suffolk, told the publication that Gough was “a hugely experienced and highly talented broadcaster with an army of fans for his daily programme”.
He added: “Tim has been on the radio since the 80s and had come out of radio retirement to fully involve himself in our project from the beginning, to bring local commercial radio back to his beloved Suffolk and was hugely excited for our DAB launch at the end of the month.
“To know Tim personally, as I did very closely for over 30 years, was to know a warm, caring, fun guy who myself and my family loved dearly. We are heartbroken by the news.
“I know his family are enormously comforted by the hundreds of loving messages that have been received and have asked for privacy at this devastating time.”
Tributes have been flooding in on social media.
Virgin Radio Presenter Amy Voce said: “Absolutely gutted to hear this news about Tim.
“He was my first ever boss in radio at Leicester Sound when I was 18 and was SO wonderful. I have the happiest of memories & we always kept in touch & if it wasn’t for him I might not be in radio…”
Broadcaster Jason King added: “Heartbroken today. A phone call just after midday confirmed the news that none of us could have expected @Tim_Gough is no longer with us.
“A beautiful human, gentleman and father. Sleep well my friend, it’s been a privilege to call you a friend.”