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RTE presenter Gerry Ryan was found dead in his Dublin apartment

RTE presenter Gerry Ryan was found dead in his Dublin apartment

Members of the public sign a book of condolences for Gerry Ryan

Members of the public sign a book of condolences for Gerry Ryan

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RTE presenter Gerry Ryan was found dead in his Dublin apartment

BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has revealed how listening to the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan saved his radio career.





Evans, who replaced Terry Wogan as Radio 2 breakfast show host, recalled how he had walked out of his job after "burning the candle at both ends" to ensure his work was up to standard.



But after listening to 'The Gerry Ryan Show' while on holiday in Killarney he realised he had more work to do on radio as Ryan was "streets ahead" of him.



The comments came as fresh tributes were paid to the RTE star, who was found dead at his apartment in Leeson Street, Dublin on Friday.



Evans told 'The Eamon Dunphy Show' on Newstalk: "I tuned into the strongest signal and there was Gerry talking about how lovely a weekend it had been, but he had just sat with the curtains closed drinking whiskey."



Evans heard the broadcaster muse about everything from murder to singing with false teeth.



"Gerry's own radio show was cheering himself up and he forgot about the awful weekend he'd had," said Evans.

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"That midday I called the guys in radio and said please, please get me back on radio."



Broadcaster Cynthia Ní Mhurchú also recalled how Ryan inspired her to relax as they both got ready to present the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.



"I was approaching it from a very serious sort of way, as if it was a big job," she told RTE. "But Gerry was saying lighten up, and saying this was going to be one big party. He was just full of fun."



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Source Irish Independent




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