A British radio host who presented a popular breakfast show in Lebanon has been found dead at his home, local media report.
The body of Gavin Ford, who joined the Lebanese station Radio One in 1995, was discovered on Tuesday in the town of Beit Meri, east of the capital Beirut.
The cause of his death is unclear and police have launched an investigation.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear Gavin Ford,” Radio One wrote in a social media post.
Mr Ford’s show, Gavin Ford in the Morning, became popular with the station’s listeners, who began posting tributes on social media describing him as a “bright star” with an “engaging charismatic voice” following news of his death.
Staff at Radio One reportedly alerted the authorities after they were unable to contact Mr Ford when he failed to show up at work, according to the Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar.
Mr Ford studied at the National Broadcasting School in London before going on to present a breakfast show on Radio Caroline, an offshore station in the UK broadcast from a ship.
In an attempt to escape the “constant storms”, he later found work with stations in France and Cyprus, before moving to Lebanon, where his breakfast show was said to have been the country’s most popular since 1996.
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