BBC DJ Steve Wright's cause of death revealed in death certificate

Steve Wright
-Credit: (Image: PA Archive/PA Images)

Legendary BBC DJ Steve Wright’s cause of death has been revealed. Steve died on February 12 this year at his home in Marylebone.

The 69-year-old’s cause of death was acute peritonitis and a perforated gastric peptic ulcer, reports The Sun. Peritonitis is an infection of the inner lining of the abdomen, which can - although not always - be the result of a burst stomach ulcer.

The Met described the DJ’s death as 'unexpected'. In May, Westminster Coroner's Court said: "An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright. The coroner has now discontinued this case."

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Steve Wright
DJ Steve Wright arrives for the Sony Radio Awards 2003 at Le Meridien, Grosvenor House Hotel in London. -Credit:PA Archive/PA Images

He was born in Greenwich in 1954 but grew up in nearby New Cross. He joined BBC Radio 1 in 1980, taking over a Saturday evening slot before moving to Saturday mornings that same year.

Over the course of the next few decades, he then made a name for himself including on-screen when he presented TV shows such as Top of the Pops. Broadcaster Michael Ball took over from Steve Wright after his passing.

He said: "Steve made Love Songs 'appointment to listen' radio. "I'm beyond excited and more than a little nervous to be tasked with the chance to continue with his extraordinary legacy.

"Beautiful, moving, relaxing and uplifting music to lift the soul on a Sunday morning. Coupled with the stories, suggestions, requests and precious memories from you, the listener."

Michael added: "This won't be just MY show, but OUR show."

After his passing, Steve’s family shared a statement. It read: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve. In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard.

"Millions of devoted radio listeners had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives. He was one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities.

"As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

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