13/03/2020 17:34 GMT

Pete Mitchell, BBC Radio 2 And 6Music DJ, Dies,Aged 61

He was previously one half of the duo Pete And Geoff, with Geoff Lloyd, on Virgin Radio.

BBC Radio 2 and 6Music presenter Pete Mitchell has died at the age of 61.

The DJ was known for championing acts from his native Manchester across his 30-year broadcasting career.

News of his death was confirmed by BBC Radio 2 with a statement on Twitter.

It read: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of the much respected music radio presenter Pete Mitchell, who has worked on both BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.

“Our thoughts today are with Pete’s friends and family.”

Pete’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed. 

Pete had previously presented on stations including Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio, Radio X and Absolute Radio.

He was also one half of the duo Pete And Geoff, with Geoff Lloyd, on Virgin Radio.

Pete Mitchell (left) and with former Virgin co-host Geoff Lloyd 

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess was among those paying tribute, remembering how he was “one of the first DJs to play and champion” his band.  

“Always a pleasure to catch up with him, such fond memories of our times together,” he tweeted.

Pete’s fellow 6Music presenter Chris Hawkins said: “Pete Mitchell was not only a brilliant and passionate DJ but he was a really honest bloke and a lovely, supportive person.

“He will be missed by so many.”

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