BBC Radio 2 presenter Brian Matthew dead at 88

ICONINSIDER — ‘Sounds of the 60s’ radio presenter Brian Matthew has died.
Just days after the BBC prematurely announced his death, before retracting the statement a few hours later, the corporation has confirmed that the 88-year-old BBC Radio 2 broadcaster passed away on Saturday (08.04.17).
Tony Hall, BBC Director-General said: “Brian Matthew was an outstanding broadcaster who entertained and engaged millions over generations. He had a wonderful style of delivery and a real connection with his listeners.
“Brian was a true broadcasting great. We will all miss him and of course, that voice.”
Lewis Carnie, Head of BBC Radio 2 added: “Brian was one of this country’s most popular and best loved presenters, delighting millions of listeners with his memories and favourite tunes on ‘Sounds of the 60s’ for 27 years. On behalf of everyone at Radio 2, we send love and our best wishes to his family at this difficult time.”
And Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music, and former BBC Radio 2 Controller said: “Brian was a radio legend. For decades, his voice was the sound of Saturday mornings, giving pleasure to listeners on ‘Sounds of the 60s’ with his wit and warmth. He will be sorely missed.”
A statement issued by the BBC earlier this week had claimed the broadcaster died on Tuesday night (04.04.17) but it was later revealed that he was alive, although he was “critically ill”.
The BBC explained the confusion in a statement, saying: “We were informed by close family and friends that Brian had passed away in the night. They have since been in contact to say that he remains critically ill. We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.”

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