Some sad news for Monday.
LONDON, March 7 (Reuters) - Former Radio 1 disc jockey Tommy Vance has died after suffering a stroke, the BBC reported.
It said Vance, 63, died in hospital on Sunday three days after being taken ill at his home in Kent.
The gravel-voiced DJ began his career on U.S. radio before moving to pirate Radio Caroline in the 1960s, broadcasting from a ship moored off the Essex coast.
After the government outlawed the offshore pirate stations in 1967, he was signed up by the BBC where he worked for Radio 1 for 15 years and regularly presented "Top of the Pops" on BBC 1.
More recently, Vance hosted the "Friday Night Rock" show on digital channel VH1 and later had his own show on digital radio station Virgin Classic Rock.
Last year he took part in ITV's "Hell's Kitchen" reality TV show but pulled out after a few days, saying he could not bear the insults of the show's celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
Fellow DJ Dave Cash worked with Vance at Radio Caroline, Radio 1 and Capital Radio and was a friend for 40 years.
"He's a bit like John Peel and Kenny Everett — he's irreplaceable, he was a total professional," the BBC quoted Cash as saying.
"Tommy was part of the group that actually cared about the music he was playing."
I had the pleasure of having an e-mail chat with Tommy about the state of music video a few years ago. He is probably the best metal DJ/VJ of them all. Great loss to British broadcasting his passing. Via Jon P