Terry Wogan has died aged 77 after suffering from cancer, the BBC has announced.
The veteran broadcaster, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, was one of the UK and Ireland’s best known stars.
A statement from his family said Terry died surrounded by his family.
“Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time,” the Wogan family statement said.
BBC director general Tony Hall described Terry, who was born in Limerick, as a “national treasure”.
He said: “Terry truly was a national treasure. Today we’ve lost a wonderful friend. He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family.
“For 50 years Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family.
“Wake up to Wogan was for millions of Radio 2 listeners the very best way to start the day. For decades he’s been such a huge part of the BBC on television and radio and leaves so many wonderful memories.
“At the centre of Children In Need since its beginning he raised hundreds of millions of pounds and changed so many lives for the better. He leaves a remarkable legacy.”
First tributes have been pouring in, following the tragic news.
Terry Wogan RIP ,on Dev and his great friend @FrBrianDarcy https://t.co/UYyQQdQv5D
— joeduffy (@talktojoe1850) January 31, 2016
He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I’ll raise a glass during song 9.
— graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016
Terry Wogan was one of those people you just thought would go on forever. A proper legend of broadcasting. RIP
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) January 31, 2016
Shocked with the news of @terry_wogan death. Met him many times in Westlife on his TV & Radio shows.
Always a Gentleman,Always a smile
— Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne) January 31, 2016
Very sad news about Sir Terry Wogan, such a nice man. Thoughts are with his wife Helen and family #RIP
— AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) January 31, 2016
I still fondly remember Terry Wogan’s ridiculous Blankety Blank microphone! #ripwogan pic.twitter.com/LrTyMHF3eO
— Spencer Howson (@SpencerHowson) January 31, 2016
Desperately sad news about Terry Wogan. A master craftsman of the radio. No one created intimacy with the listener quite like him.
— Rachel Burden (@rachelburden) January 31, 2016
Absolutely devasted to hear the sad news about Sir Terry Wogan. Rest in peace. You were a legend. #terrywogan
— Charlotte Davis (@cdavis45004) January 31, 2016