A Radio Host Was Live On The Air When Tragedy Struck, And He…


The beloved broadcaster died “from a suspected heart attack” while presenting Monday’s episode of his breakfast show.

Tim Gough was hosting his daily breakfast show on GenX Radio Suffolk from his home in Lackford, Suffolk, at the time of his death. The radio’s news release revealed that he died at 7:50 a.m. and is suspected of having died from a heart attack.

“Tim was a hugely experienced and highly talented broadcaster with an army of fans for his daily show,” said the release. “He is a very sad loss to radio and the county of Suffolk. The entire GenX Radio family are shocked and devastated beyond words.”

Gough worked at various stations in the East Midlands during the 1990s and 2000s, including Trent FM, Leicester Sound, Saga Radio, and Smooth Radio.

A decade after retiring, Gough returned to the airwaves to host GenX Radio Suffolk‘s morning show, according to the outlet.

And the news of his death left many “heartbroken” at the station.

Former colleague Stephen Foster, who had known Gough since the mid-1980s at Radio Orwell, said the late host’s “big personality” shined through on air during the station’s Saturday afternoon sports show, according to the BBC.

Foster told the outlet, “I’m so sad to hear of his sudden death which has robbed Suffolk of one of its nicest guys.”

In the release about Gough’s death, James Hazell, managing director of GenX Radio Suffolk, described the host’s 30-year career, which began in the 80s.

“To know Tim personally, as I did very closely for over 30 years, was to know a warm, caring, fun guy who myself and my family loved dearly,” Hazell said in the statement. “We are heart broken by the news. I know his family are enormously comforted by the hundreds of loving messages that have been received and have asked for privacy at this devastating time.”

Gough is survived by his mother, brother, sister, and son, according to the station.

Sources: AWM, BBC