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Downtown Radio DJ Eddie West passes away in his 60s

By Claire Williamson

Tributes have been paid to "stalwart" of Northern Ireland radio, Eddie West, who died yesterday.

Eddie, who was in his 60s, was one of the first voices heard on Downtown Radio back in 1976.

He then moved into management and became the deputy programme director for both Downtown and Cool FM based in Newtownards.

In 2007 he spoke of his battle with cancer, which he overcame and he continued to work for the station.

He eventually left but such was his passion and love for radio, he started his own station, called Fever40, from his Newtownards home.

Many tributes were paid online to Mr West, whose career inspired many in the business today.

Among those was fellow Northern Ireland radio presenter, George Jones.

George said: "He had such an incredible, individual voice. He had an amazing voice for radio. It was very rich.

"I first met him in about 1976 when we started at Downtown together, it was the first independent radio station.

"Eddie's attitude was he just demanded really good radio. He was a great stalwart."

George added: "He was such a lovely man to work with, very complimentary of all you did, very respectful and very knowledgeable about how radio worked.

"I don't think he had any enemies at all.

"He will be very sadly missed, especially in the media world.

"He was held in such high esteem. He was a wonderful guy."

Eddie passed away in hospital yesterday following ill health.

Fever40, of which Eddie was the founder, said it was with "deep sorrow and heavy hearts" that they had to announce his passing.

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