Graham Norton leads tributes to Sir Terry Wogan.
The broadcaster, considered a national treasure, died this morning after a brief battle with cancer. He was best known for hosting Children in Need, his Radio 2 show, and the Eurovision Song Contest from 1980 until 2008 – at which point he was replaced by Norton. He was best known for his lighthearted but sardonic putdowns on the European singing contest.
His family released a short statement: ‘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.’
Norton tweeted: ‘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.’
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
Tributes have since poured in lamenting the loss of the beloved British broadcaster.
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) January 31, 2016
RIP #TerryWogan. A witty, warm and wonderful man.
— Julian Clary (@JulianClary) January 31, 2016
Au Revoir Sir Terry Wogan 1938 – 2016 pic.twitter.com/BzEVj0EDEK
— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) January 31, 2016
Sending all my love and prayers to Terry Wogans family & friends. Such sad news
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 31, 2016
It’s truly like God’s put an intern in charge of deaths and he’s going through the list of celebrities people really love. RIP Terry Wogan.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 31, 2016
Children In Need raised over £600m during the 35yrs that Terry Wogan was its 'face'.
That's a greater legacy than even his broadcasting.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2016
— Kate Thornton (@k8_thornton) January 31, 2016
Oh no. It's a sad weekend. BBC News – Sir Terry Wogan: Veteran broadcaster dies aged 77 https://t.co/5R4Fihzt5N
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) January 31, 2016