SIR TERRY WOGAN, 77, has died today after a “short but brave battle with cancer”.
A statement released by his family confirmed that the veteran of TV and radio had passed away.
It said: “While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
Wogan leaves behind his wife Helen and their three children.
In November of 2015, he pulled out of presenting the BBC’s Children in Need, citing health problems. He had been hosting the popular charity event since 1980.
As well as being a much-loved Radio 2 breakfast host for many years, Wogan was famous for commentating on live TV events such as the BBC’s Eurovision from 1980-2008, when he delighted viewers with his cynical quips, trademark wit and humour.
Born in Limerick on 3 August 1938, Wogan always had the gift of the gab.
In the 1960s, he was taken on by BBC, and began an incredibly long successful career in radio and television, which spanned decades.
He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 2005, making him Sir Terry, and announced his retirement from his breakfast show in September 2009.
An articulate and avuncular host with a warm sense of humour, the man from Limerick is regarded as a national treasure.
In 2015, he published his final book Those Were The Days.
Celebrities such as Will Young, Ronan Keating and Andrea Corr expressed their sadness, and Stevie Spring, chairwoman of Children In Need, praised Wogan for his work in raising hundreds of millions of pounds for the charity.