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Wogan death a 'shock and a shame', says friend Henry Kelly

Published 31/01/2016

Sir Terry Wogan as he announced he was stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, he told listeners of the long-running and much-loved Wake Up to Wogan' that he would be stepping down at the end of the year to be replaced by Chris Evans.
Sir Terry Wogan as he announced he was stepping down from his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, he told listeners of the long-running and much-loved Wake Up to Wogan' that he would be stepping down at the end of the year to be replaced by Chris Evans.
Sir Terry Wogan (second left on middle row) in 1967 with fellow disc jockeys ahead of the launch of the BBC's new Radio 1 and Radio 2 networks at Broadcasting House, London
Wogan presenting Blankety Blank in 1979
Sir Terry Wogan and his wife Helen with their baby daughter Katherine at three weeks old in 1972
Sir Terry Wogan in 1973 sampling an oyster at a reception to celebrate the opening of the oyster season at Scott's restaurant in London
Larry Hagman (left) with Sir Terry Wogan during his Radio 2 Breakfast Show in 1980
Sir Terry Wogan in 1981 with Diana Ross when she was a guest on his early morning BBC Radio 2 programme
Sir Terry Wogan (back) with Britain's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest Bardo (centre left and right), and members of pop group Bucks Fizz in 1982
Security men pretending to frogmarch Sir Terry Wogan from Broadcasting House in London as a humourous finale to his 12 years hosting the early morning BBC 2 radio breakfast programme in 1984.
Sir Terry Wogan popping up through a TV screen to the amusement of a policeman after he accepted 100 TV sets on behalf of the NSPCC from Phillips marking the making of the company's 100 millionth TV set (1984)
Sir Terry Wogan (centre) with his chatshow guests Tina Turner and Elton John in 1985
Sir Terry Wogan trying on a kilt before hitting the high road to the BBC pro-celebrity golf tournament at Turnberry, Scotland in 1985
Duke of Edinburgh (left) appearing with Sir Terry Wogan on the 'Wogan' chatshow in 1986
The interview on September 19, 1990 when Belfast footballer George Best appeared drunk as a guest on 'WOGAN'
Sir Terry Wogan (right) revealing his waxwork on his television show 'Wogan'
BBC's Ken Bruce (left) and Sir Terry Wogan enjoying an extra hour in bed before presenting their radio programmes from Millstreet, Ireland, the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993
Sir Terry Wogan meeting Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997
Sir Terry Wogan and his daughter Katherine at the Savoy Hotel in London, in 2001
Sir Terry Wogan with his wife Lady Helen, after the radio and television presenter collected his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2005
Sir Terry Wogan celebrating being given the Freedom of the City of London by single-handedly raising Tower Bridge
Sir Terry Wogan with fellow Eurovision host Natasha Kaplinsky (left) and winner Javine in 2005
Sir Terry Wogan with Pudsey the bear during a Children in Need photo call in 2008
Sir Terry Wogan meeting the Prince of Wales (left) at the Irish Embassy in London, in 2010
Sir Terry Wogan with a life-size cake replica made to mark the 30th anniversary of his presenting BBC Children in Need in 2009
Sir Terry Wogan (right), winner of 'Digital Radio Personality of the Year', with Chris Evans at the TRIC (Television and Radio Industries Club) Annual Awards, in 2010
Sir Terry Wogan with (left to right) Tess Daly, Alesha Dixon and Fearne Cotton during the BBC Children In Need Appeal 2011
Terry Wogan presents BBC One's in 2011
Sir Terry Wogan with a collection of Pudsey Bears designed by celebrities which were auctioned for Children in Need in 2013
Terry Wogan launching Children In Need on November 1, 2015 at the Landmark Hotel in London

Sir Terry Wogan's passing will be felt across Britain like a death in the family, friend and fellow broadcaster Henry Kelly has said.

Long-time friend of the Wogan family, Mr Kelly said he was shocked on learning of the death because Sir Terry had "put it out that he had a bad back".

Mr Kelly's partner Karolyn Shindler broke the news to him as he returned home from Mass on Sunday morning.

"It's a shock and a shame," said t he Game For A Laugh and Going For Gold presenter.

"I came home from Mass and opened the door and I just looked at Karolyn and I knew something was wrong and I thought who is it?

"I didn't know he was that seriously ill. I knew he'd been told not to do Children In Need because, as he quipped himself, they don't want an 'oul fella of 77 standing up for ten hours asking for money."

Mr Kelly grew up among the Wogan family u nder the watchful eye of Sir Terry's mother Rose - "known affectionately as Mammy Wogan" - after first becoming good friends with his younger brother Brian at Belvedere College in Dublin.

He later followed Sir Terry to Britain and into a career in broadcasting.

"It is a real, real shame," he said from his home in Hampstead.

"For so many people in this country, it is going to be like a death in the family - they adored Wogan.

"They didn't care whether or not he was or wasn't a professional broadcaster, he was just Terry Wogan."

Recalling their earlier days, he said Sir Terry had control over his schoolboy piggy bank during his time as a teller in the then Royal Bank of Ireland at Doyle's Corner in Phibsboro, Dublin.

"I was the only person who gave money to Terry Wogan secure in the knowledge it would be a devil's fight to get it back," he quipped.

"I had a padded savings bank with teeth at the top of it, so you put a half crown in the top when your auntie gave it to you for your birthday but you couldn't get it out again - even with a knife.

"So you had to go up to Wogan and ask him, he had the key to open it.

"He and I would always speak about that. I can't speak highly enough of him. I think it is a terrible loss."

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