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Final Record

Publicity photograph from XFM

It was on 29 December 2007, that it was announced that Kevin had died, aged just 44 - and one day before his 45th birthday. His agent, Chris North, originally announced that Kevin had died peacefully in his sleep that night. A post mortem later revealed he'd died of a heart attach having taken cocaine, ecstasy and GHB at a nightclub.

Tributes quickly came in for Kevin. Trevor Dann, who offered Kevin his first presenting job at BBC GLR, described him a a "terrific presenter" and that he thought Kevin was "one of the most creative of his generation, without any doubt".

"He was a really nice, modest, quiet bloke, whereas some other people with half his talent had twice his arrogance."

His former Radio One and Five Live colleague, Simon Mayo, described him as having a "great brain and a very dry sense of humour", and was a man who was "sometimes a bit embarrassed about achieving the level of fame he had."

His old boss, Andy Parfitt said

"He combined a sharp creative mind with a rare ability to understand the needs of an entire radio station - he was a selfless team member.

"Kevin worked hard at his craft, creating some great radio and enjoyed many successful years at Radio 1 - I respected him enormously."

whilst the head of GMG Radio - owner of Smooth Radio - John Myers described Kevin as "a talented broadcaster and we were privileged to have him as our afternoon presenter at Smooth Radio in London."

He was passionate about radio and music and will be sadly missed not only by his colleagues at smooth but by millions of listeners. It's a terrible loss to broadcasting.

On condolence pages on both Smooth Radio's website and on BBC News Online, present and former listeners shared their memories and sadness at the news.

On Smooth Radio itself, his long-time colleague Mark Goodier told listeners that Kevin wouldn't want people to be too sad. And when we at this website think of Kevin, we always think of the good times - the great radio he brought to the nation.

It's for great radio like this that we'll remember him. With a smile on our faces.

Listen to audio clip

So long Kevin. We'll miss you.

With thanks to Richard Bell for the above clip

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