PETE MITCHELL – a BBC Radio 2 and Virgin Radio host – has died “very suddenly” at the age of 61, a friend of the star has announced.
BBC Radio 2 and Virgin Radio host Pete Mitchell has died “very suddenly,” a friend of the star has confirmed in a touching statement. Family friend Jo Houlcoft told the Mirror: “It is with incredible sadness that I have to report the sad passing of Virgin Radio Presenter, Pete Mitchell, who died very suddenly on Thursday 12th March aged 61.
“Pete collapsed whilst out walking near his home in Stockport, the cause of his death is still unknown but he was not thought to be displaying any signs of illness.
“Pete was a veteran broadcaster, whose career in radio spanned thirty four years.
“He was knowledgeable and passionate about music of all genres, discovering and supporting many bands and was a huge part of the Manchester music scene.”
BBC Radio 2 paid a tribute to the late host on Twitter this evening.
They wrote: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of the much respected music radio presenter Pete Mitchell, who has worked on both BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.
“Our thoughts today are with Pete’s friends and family.”
A tweet from Virgin Radio’s official Twitter page also reads: “We are deeply saddened to bring you the news that our beloved friend and colleague, Pete Mitchell, has passed away.”
Pete’s Virgin Radio co-star Tim Cocker described the DJ as a “gentleman” with a “wicked sense of humour”.