BBC presenter, Richard Cartridge is dead. The 72-year-old left his job at BBC Radio Solent just a few weeks ago.
According to The sad news was confirmed by the station, who posted on Twitter : “We are deeply sad to announce that our dear friend Richard Cartridge has passed away following a short illness.
“Richard entertained the south on-air for over 46 years. Thank you Rich.”
Richard had joined the station in 1972 and was one of its best-loved presenters.
The show’s breakfast presenter Louisa Hannan also paid tribute.
She wrote: “The saddest news. Rich, you were a complete gentleman. Proud to have known and worked with you. You will be so greatly missed.
Richard has died at 72
The station also shared a behind the scenes video of Richard at work.
They added: “Richard Cartridge first joined BBC Radio Solent in 1972 An iconic voice across the South
“Here he gave us a behind the scenes look of his show in 2015”
Former Strictly Come Dancing star Mike Bushell called Richard one of his mentors.
The presenter said: “Oh no. One of the greats is gone. So sad to read this. He was one of my mentors and inspirations when I first started at the BBC at @BBCRadioSolent in 1990. A true natural with such a cheeky wit. I still have on tape the time he inadvertently interupted @GethynJones RIP Rich.”