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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 07:03 GMT 08:03 UK
Broadcaster Tony Capstick dies
Tony Capstick
Tony Capstick's death: "A loss to generations of radio listeners"
Veteran broadcaster, actor and comedian Tony Capstick has died.

The 59-year-old died at his home in Hoober, near Wentworth, South Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Capstick was a regular presenter on BBC Radio Sheffield for more than 30 years, fronting a phone-in show, before he left the station in January this year.

He also made various appearances on TV, with parts in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and The Cops and recently played a policeman in Last Of the Summer Wine.

Great sadness

A talented guitarist , his double-A-sided single 'Sheffield Grinder'/'Capstick Comes Home' accorded him fame in the spring of 1981 when it reached number three in the charts.

A BBC spokesman said: "We are shocked and saddened about the news of Tony Capstick's death and our thoughts are with his family.

"Tony's health problems were such that he was unable to work after the New Year.

"This is always a matter of great regret and sadness to the BBC.

"We are sorry that Tony lost his battle with his health.

"Generations of BBC Radio Sheffield listeners will remember Tony with warmth, gratitude and affection."




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