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27 July 2020 10:36

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Chris Needs death: 'Legendary' BBC radio host dies after short illness, aged 68

BBC legend Chris Needs has died aged 68 after a brief period of ill health. Chris hosted nightly on BBC Radio Wales for 18 years. During his career with the BBC, he started hosting The Friendly Garden Programme in 2002. Broadcaster Kev Johns MBE paid tribute to the "unique talent" and "kind man" following the death of the presenter. He wrote: "Sad to hear the news that Chris Needs has passed away When it looked like things weren't going to go well at Swansea Sound just weeks ago Chris was the 1st to call with support and kind words Welsh radio has lost a unique talent, life has lost a kind man Love and prayers to Gabe." Popular and much-loved Welsh radio presenter Chris Needs has died following a short period of ill health, it has been announced.

A statement released by BBC Radio Wales said: "It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE following a short period of ill health. "The thoughts of everyone at BBC Radio Wales are with Chris's husband Gabe, his family and his many friends at this time." Colin Paterson, editor at BBC Radio Wales said: "Chris was an amazing character - a one off and an all-round entertainer. "His contribution to Radio Wales can't be underestimated, not least in recent months when he has provided comfort and companionship to our listeners. Broadcaster Kev Johns MBE said that Welsh radio has lost a "unique talent". "Sad to hear the news that Chris Needs has passed away When it looked like things weren't going to go well at Swansea Sound just weeks ago Chris was the 1st to call with support and kind words Welsh radio has lost a unique talent, life has lost a kind man Love and prayers to Gabe." Presenters Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney for Radio Cardiff said: "RIP Chris Needs.

Before joining Radio Wales, Chris was a star presenter for six years for independent Welsh radio. Chris joined Radio Wales along with a host of other new presenters in August 1996, as part of a re-vamp of the schedules. In 2005, Chris Needs was awarded the MBE where he collected this award from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. BBC Radio Wales has confirmed that presenter Chris Needs MBE died on Sunday (July 26) after battling a short illness Posting a statement on Instagram, the radio station said: "It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE following a short period of ill health. "Through his Friendly Garden, Chris brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend." Tributes have been pouring in for the radio presenter, many coming from his BBC colleagues, including Radio Wales editor Colin Paterson.

"His contribution to Radio Wales can't be underestimated, not least in recent months when he has provided comfort and companionship to our listeners. "For almost 20 years, the Friendly Garden has brought people together from across Wales and the world, from every walk of life. But our thoughts today are with Chris's husband Gabe, his family and his friends at this incredibly sad time." Broadcaster Kev Johns MBE said on Monday: "Sad to hear the news that Chris Needs has passed away. "When it looked like things weren't going to go well at Swansea Sound just weeks ago Chris was the 1st to call with support and kind words Welsh radio has lost a unique talent, life has lost a kind man Love and prayers to Gabe." Radio Cardiff presenters Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney added: "RIP Chris Needs. Before joining Radio Wales in 1996, Chris was a presenter for six years for independent Welsh radio, building up a following.

Image caption Chris Needs hosted a nightly show on BBC Radio Wales Radio broadcaster Chris Needs has died at the age of 68. Mr Needs, who joined BBC Radio Wales in 1996 and hosted his nightly show for 18 years, died on Sunday from a heart condition. Paying tribute to Mr Needs, BBC Radio Wales editor Colin Paterson said he was a "giant of Welsh radio". Mr Needs started his radio career with Touch AM, before moving to the BBC, where he started hosting The Friendly Garden Programme in 2002. Mr Paterson added: "For almost 20 years, the Friendly Garden has brought people together from across Wales and the world, from every walk of life.

But our thoughts today are with Chris's husband Gabe, his family and his friends at this incredibly sad time." Beloved BBC broadcaster Chris Needs has died, aged 68. The Welsh radio host died of a heart condition following "a short period of ill health". BBC Radio Wales announced the news, stating:"It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE. "Through his Friendly Garden, Chris brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend." The station's Twitter statement continued:"The thoughts of everyone at BBC Radio Wales are with Chris's husband Gabe, his family and his many friends at this time." Needs' radio career began with the station Touch AM before he joined Radio Wales as the co-presenter of Live Time. Paying tribute to Needs, Radio Cardiff presenters Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney said: "RIP Chris Needs.