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John Peel Dies

John Peel Dies

John Peel has died while on holiday, age 65.

The legendary Radio 1 presenter was on a working holiday in the resort of Cuzco in Peru, when he suffered a heart attack. He was with his wife Sheila.

John Peel OBE was Radio 1's longest running DJ, with a career spanning 40 years. He is credited with championing numerous bands and genres of music and helping them cross over into the mainstream.

"John Peel was a broadcasting legend," said Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt. "I am deeply saddened by his death as are all who work at Radio 1.

"Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared. His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years.

"He will be hugely missed."

DL