Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright died from ruptured stomach ulcer | UK News

July 9, 2024
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Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright died from a ruptured ulcer in his stomach, his death certificate says.

The veteran BBC radio broadcaster, who was one of the most familiar voices on the airwaves in the UK, died at the age of 69 in February.

The causes of death were acute peritonitis and a perforated gastric peptic ulcer, the certificate obtained by the BBC says.

Sir Elton John on The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 in 2010. Pic: AP
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Sir Elton John on The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 in 2010. Pic: AP

Peritonitis is an infection of the lining of the stomach, according to the NHS, while a perforated ulcer is a rarer complication when the lining of the stomach splits open.

The Metropolitan Police previously said Wright’s death at a flat in the Marylebone area of central London “was unexpected, but is not being treated as suspicious”.

It was previously confirmed no inquest will be held into Wright’s death.

Westminster Coroner’s Court said in a statement in May: “An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright.

“The coroner has now discontinued this case.”

Steve Wright at Radio 1 in 1980. Pic: Rex/Carol Norman/Shutterstock
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Steve Wright at Radio 1 in 1980. Pic: Rex/Carol Norman/Shutterstock

Wright began presenting weekend programmes on Radio 1 in 1980 before launching the show that would ultimately define his career, Steve Wright In The Afternoon, the following year.

He had a stint at commercial radio before returning to BBC Radio 2 in 1996 to host Steve Wright’s Saturday Show and Sunday Love Songs and three years later presented Steve Wright In The Afternoon every weekday on Radio 2.

Wright stepped down in September 2022, replaced by Scott Mills in a schedule shake-up, but he continued to present Sunday Love Songs on BBC Radio 2 and a series of specials and podcasts.

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Michael Ball has since replaced Wright as the host of a Sunday love songs show, which has been retitled Love Songs With Michael Ball.

Wright was made an MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours for services to radio.

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