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Wednesday, March 10, 1999 Published at 18:41 GMT


Veteran DJ Love dies

Adrian Love: Never fully recovered from a car crash in 1997

Tributes are being paid to veteran disc jockey Adrian Love, who died in hospital on Wednesday.

The former BBC Radio 2 broadcaster died in Kent and Sussex Hospital in Tunbridge Wells after a second lung collapse aged 54. He never fully recovered from a car crash in December 1997.

The son of bandleader Geoff Love, he started his career with the pirate station Radio City before joining the BBC Light Programme. He also worked for the World Service before joining Capital Radio in London.

His career also took him to Radio 1 and Radio 4 before he presented Love In The Afternoon for three years. He ended his career at BBC Southern Counties Radio, where he presented a Saturday morning show.

After he was hospitalised by the car crash infections brought about the collapse of one lung, followed by the other. Illness kept him away from work for most of 1998.

'Terrific, warm and friendly man'

Former Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates, who worked with Love at Southern Counties Radio, said: "It is very sad news. From the time I worked with him at Radio 1, he always threw himself into his work and was determined to reach perfection."

Agony aunt Anna Raeburn, who worked with Love at Capital, said: "He was a terrific, warm, and friendly man."

Hundreds of listeners called Southern Counties Radio, which is based in Brighton and Guildford, to pay their own condolences.

Managing editor Mike Hapgood said: "I would like to pay tribute to a great broadcaster who will be sorely missed by our team and our listeners.

"Adrian was an ordinary man who had the skill to be an ordinary person on the radio, and this was a touch of genius."

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