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DJ Tony Fenton has died at the age of 53

The veteran presenter had been battling cancer for four years.
Mar 12th 2015, 1:45 PM 120,605 112

Updated 2.02pm

TONY FENTON, THE popular and well-known radio DJ, has died at the age of 53.

The veteran presenter had been battling cancer for four years.

Tony had been a stalwart of Irish radio for almost 30 years, presenting various music shows on 2FM for two decades.

He had presented the afternoon show on Today FM since 2004.

In a statement, Today FM paid tribute to the broadcaster, saying that he was one of Ireland’s most admired and respected radio hosts.

“Tony inspired his colleagues and listeners with his positivity, and his velvety-smooth voice was one of the most recognisable on air,” the statement said.

His colleagues described him as being ‘unmatched’ in his knowledge of and passion for music.

Tony had taken ten months away from his radio slot last year to receive treatment for his cancer, and had been aiming to come back on air early this year.

He was inducted into Irish radio’s Hall of Fame last September after a vote by his peers in the industry.

Many people have been paying tribute to Fenton, with Dave Fanning of 2FM saying that he was “always good, great fun”.

“He was what it was to be a DJ,” Fanning said.

People have also been taking to Twitter to express their sadness at his death.

Originally published 12.29pm

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