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Tarrant's sadness about 'Fluff'
Radio and television presenter Chris Tarrant spoke to BBC News 24 about his memories of DJ Alan "Fluff" Freeman, who has died aged 79.

He always had that extraordinary voice. I said with affection once that he'd made a fortune out of just saying 'alright, stay bright, not 'arf' over about 40 years.

Alan Freeman in 1988
Former Radio 1 and Radio 2 DJ Freeman died peacefully in London

But he had that wonderful deep voice, and he still had that at the age of 76 or something.

When that went, you suddenly saw this poor, sad, shuffling figure, and it was horrible to watch because he is one of my all-time heroes.

I think that's why we're all sad this morning, because he was a one-off.

Music fan

He was a wonderful champion of music - he wasn't this sad old dinosaur, clinging on to his memories of Elvis Presley.

He liked Elvis, he liked Eminem, he liked Black Eyed Peas - he loved tunes.

Driving jingles, talking fast, using music as a background - all of that really came from Fluffy. I loved him
Chris Tarrant

He had a wonderful, impish sense of fun. That great voice.

Everybody liked Fluff, and I know that's one of those showbiz things, but he actually did. I don't think there was a grain of malice in Alan Freeman's body.

He was just a kind man, a funny man, a warm man, and we miss him hugely.

'Sense of peace'

I think today, although we're all very sad, there's a kind of relief that his pain is over. I think in some ways, it is putting him to peace at last. He had a lot of pain in the past few years.

Chris Tarrant
Freeman was kind, funny and warm, according to presenter Chris Tarrant
I think, the last two or three years for Fluff, it was no longer his kind of life, and that's why there's a sense of peace today among people.

He actually asked me, and I was very proud to do it, to chair a tribute to him five or six years ago in a big hotel in London.

The warmth when he came into the room. We even managed to get Simon Dee, who never, ever appears in public, to pay tribute to Fluff - that's how loved he was.

He taught me speed, I suppose. The 17 years or whatever I spent at Capital were hugely influenced by Fluff - driving jingles, talking fast, using music as a background - all of that really came from Fluffy. I loved him.


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