BBC DJ Steve Wright's cause of death confirmed after sudden passing

Steve Wright
Steve was found in him home by paramedics
Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 09/07/2024

- 11:19

Updated: 09/07/2024

- 12:21

The 69-year-old died unexpectedly earlier this year

BBC DJ Steve Wright's cause of death has been confirmed after his unexpected death in February.

According to his death certificate the 69-year-old died of a ruptured ulcer in his stomach.

In May, Westminster Coroner's Court said in a statement: "An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright.

"The coroner has now discontinued this case."

The veteran broadcaster was one of the most familiar voices on radio, and died suddenly at his home earlier this year.

His death certificate has now been revealed by BBC News, which revealed the official cause of death.

Radio DJs Tony Blackburn (left), Steve Wright and Paul Gambachini

Wright died in February this year


A close friend of the 69-year-old said he had been "more ill than he let on" in the months before his death.

Speaking shortly after Wright died, his friend Mark Wells, former boss of ITV Entertainment, explained: "Steve had a heart operation about 15 months ago."

Speaking on Colin Edmonds’ podcast, Behind the Scenes, he continued: "He had a bypass operation that had gone well... and I think he was more ill than he was letting on.

“The recovery had gone pretty well but the events of the last couple of days was probably what in the end came for him."

Steve Wright

The cause of Wright's death has now been revealed


Wright’s brother Laurence gave similar comments following his death as he detailed his brother’s poor health.

He stated Wright was "aware that he could have looked after himself better, in his lifestyle choices".

He continued: "Obviously we all wish he had. It's like anyone who doesn't look after themselves over an extended period.

"The normal stuff - diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress - he was a very stoic kind of guy as well so if he had something wrong with him and he had to go to have some treatment or go to the doctors, he wouldn't talk about it."

Steve Wright

The veteran broadcaster died at his home unexpectedly


Speaking to Daily Mail, he added: "That's just how he was - that probably didn't help really, because he wouldn't have help or take advice necessarily."

Wright's broadcasting career began in 1976 for Thames Valley Radio before he joined BBC Radio 1 four years later. In the 1980s, he launched Steve Wright in the Afternoon which ultimately kick-started his career.

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