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Ryan Tubridy appeals to listeners to let Gerry Ryan "rest in peace"

After reviewing coverage of the late 2FM broadcaster’s death, Tubridy asks audience to remember Ryan as a man who entertained and informed.

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RYAN TUBRIDY APPEALED to people to let Gerry Ryan rest in peace as details from the inquest and speculation about the late broadcaster’s lifestyle continue to appear in the media.

Tubridy now presents the 2FM slot that his friend Ryan held for years.

Last week, an inquest into the 53-year-old RTÉ star’s death recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after hearing that traces of cocaine found in his system were likely to have triggered the cardiac arrhythmia which led to his death.

Going through yesterday’s papers, Tubridy read the headlines relating to his former colleague, saying: ”That’s the papers doing what they have to do”.

He said he would not and could not condone cocaine use, but he would not abandon his friend “who, like the rest of us, had flaws and bad habits”.

“You all know that Gerry was my friend and I loved him… to be truthful, this hasn’t changed.”

He appealed to listeners to remember Ryan in a more positive light:

You listening this morning were here for him all the way down through the years, as much as he was here for you of a morning.  And I want to encourage you to remember the man who entertained you and informed you here for so many years. And really I’d like you to remember the man who loved his family and was a deeply loyal friend.

Tubridy finished: “I would urge all of you listening this morning to, quite simply, let Gerry rest in peace”.

Listen to Tubridy speak about Gerry Ryan >

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