Steve Wright's death still unregistered, three months after Radio 2 DJ's passing

Steve Wright
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Three months after the sad passing of Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright, new details have emerged.

The broadcaster, aged 69, passed away in February, leaving fans and colleagues in shock as heartfelt tributes flooded in for the radio legend whose career spanned over five decades.

The Metropolitan Police had previously stated that Wright's death in a Marylebone flat was unexpected but not suspicious, reports the Mirror.

No inquest will be held, as confirmed earlier this month.

The latest update from the Westminster Register Office indicates that Wright's death has not yet been registered.

According to official guidance on gov.uk, it is recommended to register a death within 5 days, including weekends and bank holidays.

A 'certificate for a burial' or an application for cremation must be issued before any funeral arrangements can proceed.

Westminster Coroner's Court announced earlier: "An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright. The coroner has now discontinued this case."

Coroners look into deaths that occur under sudden, violent or unnatural circumstances, such as accidents or suicides, and they also have the discretion to determine if an inquest is necessary for natural deaths in instances of neglect or if the deceased was in state custody at the time of death.

The relatives of Steve Wright sorrowfully shared their grief in their formal announcement this past February.

They stated: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright. In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard."

They added: "Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities. As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

In a recent reveal, Michael Ball has been named as Steve's successor to host a love songs programme, a role for which Steve was famously adored. The show is now called Love Songs With Michael Ball.

Recognition came to Steve in the form of an MBE in the 2024 New Year Honours for services to radio. His journey with the BBC began way back in 1980.

Gary Davies opened up to The Mirror about the profound impact of losing his colleague and friend.

He temporarily took over Steve's Pick of the Pops following the shocking news.

In a chat with The Mirror, Gary expressed: "Emotional. I love Pick of the Pops. I've loved Pick of the Pops ever since my old colleague, Alan Freeman used to do it back in the eighties. It's an iconic programme. It's an absolute pleasure to do Pick of the Pops and for the short time that I'm doing it. But obviously, the reason for me doing it is not great at all, you know? I wish I wasn't having to do it at the moment and I wish it was still Steve."

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