Tributes paid to "wonderful" radio personality

Eddie West, who passed away in hospital on Monday
Marie Louise McConville

ONE of Northern Ireland's veteran radio presenters has died in hospital following an illness.

Eddie West, who was one of the first voices heard on Downtown Radio in the 1970s, died on Monday.

Mr West later moved into management at the station, becoming the deputy programme director for Downtown Radio and Cool FM in Co Down.

After leaving, he started his own radio station, Fever40, based in Newtownards.

In 2007, he spoke of his battle with cancer, which he overcame.

George Jones, a presenter on Fever40, described Mr West as "a dear friend and boss", adding that his death had been met with "great shock and sadness".

"He was one of a kind and I am so sorry that his dream was cut short so suddenly. We are all so stunned. Radio has lost a great ambassador".

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