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Dom Busby dies – BBC radio host passes away after short illness as Stephen Fry pays tribute to ‘delightful’ presenter

BBC radio presenter Dom Busby has died aged 53 after a short illness.

Busby’s death was announced on Radio 5 Live this morning, while his former teacher Stephen Fry led tributes to him.

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BBC radio presenter Dom Busby has died aged 53[/caption]

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Stephen Fry led tributes to Busby[/caption]

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Fry said he was ‘terribly saddened by the news of Dom Busby’s death’[/caption]

Fry wrote: “Terribly saddened by the news of Dom Busby’s death.

“I had the honour of teaching him (and his rascally brothers) many, many years ago. 

“He was as delightful, bubbly, charming and smart then as he was throughout his career.”

BBC Radio Sussex also wrote about Busby’s life, posting: “It’s with great sadness that we report the passing of former presenter Dominic Busby after a short illness.

“He was a well loved member of our team. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in peace Dom.”

BBC sports presenter Chris Latchem wrote: “We’ve lost one of our own at BBC 5Live. Dom Busby lifted us all. Forever positive, he lived to broadcast, and he did so far and wide. 

“Wherever you are in the country – chances are he’s done your local station. 

“I’ll remember great times at Headingley, and his joyous tears remembering watching Boycott from the Weston Terrace. 

“Dom had friendships from the boardroom to the front desk. He was one of a kind and I’ll miss him. 

“See you around old friend.”

Former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie also paid tribute, tweeting: “Sad news to hear than Dom Busby has passed away. A lovely man – my condolences to Dom’s family, friends and colleagues.”

Radio sports news editor Colin Patterson said: “Dom was a great broadcaster and a brilliant man. He loved sport and radio so had the perfect job.

“You could hear the excitement in his voice when he was reading the sports news on air. He had a long and successful career at the BBC – 30 years at many of our local radio stations, and for the past 10 of those years he also worked for BBC Sport.

“He will be much missed by his colleagues and listeners to BBC radio. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time.”

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Former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie said Busby was a ‘lovely man’[/caption]

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BBC Radio Sussex paid tribute to Sibley[/caption]

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Tom Hourigan said Busby was a ‘fantastic sports broadcaster’[/caption]

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Busby died after a short illness[/caption]

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