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RTE radio presenter found dead

by RadioToday UK
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2FM presenter Gerry Ryan has been found dead in his apartment on Friday afternoon.

Gerry was 53 and has been with the RTE station for over 20 years. Local police in Ireland are investigating the circumstances of his death.

RTÉ's Dave Fanning says he is shocked at the death of his friend. He told the RTE [link=http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0430/ryang.html]website[/link]: 'Within two months of going on air in the day time, he was the biggest thing in Irish broadcasting.

"He took to it like a duck to water and more importantly the listeners took to him like a duck to water and to say he revolutionised broadcasting in Ireland would be a very small way of putting it."

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland has also offered its condolences to the family of Gerry Ryan on the untimely death. "A great voice has been lost to Irish radio and the entire industry is deeply saddened to lose one of Ireland's most professional broadcasters."

Gerry started his broadcasting career on pirate radio in Dublin and moved to RTE Radio 2 in 1979. Ryan's latest show, The Gerry Ryan Show, began in 1988 when he was offered a three-hour morning radio slot.

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