Former Radio 1 disc jockey Tommy Vance died in a Kent hospital yesterday (March 6) after suffering a stroke. He was 63.

Former Radio 1 disc jockey Tommy Vance died in a Kent hospital yesterday (March 6) after suffering a stroke. He was 63.

The gravel-voiced DJ began his career on U.S. radio before moving to pirate Radio Caroline in the 1960s, broadcasting from a ship moored off the Essex coast.

After the British government outlawed the offshore pirate stations in 1967, he was signed up by the BBC where he worked for Radio 1 for 15 years and regularly presented "Top of the Pops" on BBC 1.

More recently, Vance hosted the "Friday Night Rock" show on digital channel VH1 and later had his own show on digital radio station Virgin Classic Rock.

Last year, he took part in ITV's "Hell's Kitchen" reality TV show but pulled out after a few days, saying he could not bear the insults of the show's celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

-- Reuters

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