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'Private family funeral' for Sir Terry Wogan next week

Published 05/02/2016

The much-loved broadcaster's funeral will be a private family occasion
The much-loved broadcaster's funeral will be a private family occasion

Sir Terry Wogan's funeral will take place next week, the BBC has announced.

The veteran broadcaster, known for his velvety voice on radio and television, died of cancer on Sunday aged 77.

In a statement, the BBC said: "Sir Terry Wogan's funeral will take place next week. It will be a private service, for the family.

"No further details will be released, and we ask that the family's wish for privacy is respected at this time."

Limerick-born Sir Terry, one of the UK and Ireland's best-known stars, was hailed as a "national treasure" by the corporation's director general Tony Hall following his death.

Leading figures in showbusiness and politics paid tribute to the much-loved personality, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying he was "someone millions came to feel was their own special friend".

He was last on air on BBC Radio 2 just under three months ago, on Sunday November 8, and days later was forced to pull out of presenting Children In Need at the last minute due to health issues.

A family statement issued by the BBC on Sunday said: ''Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer. He passed away surrounded by his family."

Sir Terry, whose career spanned more than four decades, was known for his work on his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, Children In Need and the Eurovision Song Contest.

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