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British radio host dies from suspected heart attack during on-air broadcast

Tim Gough, 55, died while broadcasting his breakfast show on GenX Radio Suffolk, the station said. One Facebook commenter called him a "local radio legend."
GenX Radio host Tim Gough.
GenX Radio host Tim Gough.Courtesy GenX Radio

A British radio host died during an on-air broadcast Monday, according to the radio station.

Tim Gough, 55, died while he was broadcasting his breakfast show on GenX Radio Suffolk from his home in Lackford, Suffolk, at 7:50 a.m., according to the radio station, which said in a news release that he died of a suspected heart attack.

Music playing on the station stopped suddenly around the time of his death before it resumed several minutes later, the BBC reported.

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

The station's managing director, James Hazell, said Gough had been a radio broadcaster since the 1980s and "had come out of radio retirement ... to bring local commercial radio back to his beloved Suffolk."

According to Gough's biography on the GenX Radio website, his return to radio marked his first time back on air in over a decade.

Tributes poured in on the station's Facebook page, where a commenter called Gough a "local radio legend."

Hazell described Gough as a "warm, caring, fun guy."

He enjoyed travel, photography, Wordle and walking his Labrador, Cooper, around the Suffolk countryside, according to the GenX website.

Gough is survived by his mother, his brother, his sister and a son, the station said.