Legendary BBC DJ John Peel Dies
Veteran BBC disc jockey and broadcaster John Peel has died in Peru while on holiday in the ancient Inca city of Cuzco, his employer and the British embassy say.Veteran BBC disc jockey and broadcaster John Peel has died in Peru while on holiday in the ancient Inca city of Cuzco, his employer and the British embassy say. He was 65. It is understood that he suffered a heart attack.
"John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death," Andy Parfitt, controller of Radio One, said in a statement. "John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable. He will be hugely missed."
Peel, 65, was one of the country's original pirate radio disc jockeys in the 1960s, broadcasting from ships anchored just outside British waters that won huge followings.
He was one of the original DJs on Radio One when it started in 1967. His six-week contract ended up stretching out to four decades. In the late 1970s he championed punk rock to the consternation of many of his radio contemporaries who were convinced the new music fad would never catch on.
Peel, who had a trademark blunt style, northern accent and gravelly voice, was an authority on independent music. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in recognition.
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