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People Are Paying Tribute To Terry Wogan And Saying "Good Riddance" To January 2016

"It’s truly like God’s put an intern in charge of deaths and he’s going through the list of celebrities people really love."

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BBC director general Tony Hall called Wogan a "national treasure", saying "today we've lost a wonderful friend".

Fellow radio DJs described Sir Terry as a "broadcasting hero", and a "radio genius".

We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can't put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling.

Our most heartfelt thoughts go out to Helen, Mark, Alan, Katherine and Vanessa. To many of us Terry was Radio 2. We still can't believe it.

Sir Terry. Just the most warm hearted, generous, funny, clever, life affirming man. Part of the foundations of @BBCRadio2 so very sad.

Oh, man. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. Broadcasting hero.

Always the right tone, always the right phrase, always a radio genius. RIP Sir Terry.

He mastered broadcastings greatest challenge-to be admired and respected by public and peers alike- a true master has gone #ripterrywogan

Many simply said they had lost a great friend.

I can hardly believe my old friend Sir Terry Wogan has died. RIP Terry and thanks for being a friend.

Truly one of the greatest we have ever seen. And treated his colleagues like friends “Sir Terry Wogan dies at 77” https://t.co/ClP1IC2Fpc

No no no! In total shock. Goodbye my cheeky chum. Forever in our hearts. #RIPTerryWogan

Prime minister David Cameron said the UK had lost a "huge talent".

1/2 My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.

2/2 I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on tv. His charm and wit always made me smile.

Wogan was born in Ireland but held dual British and Irish citizenship, and was knighted in 2005.

Genuinely sad to hear of the death of Terry Wogan. For me, he painted we, the Irish, as a people of words and gentle wit, which was lovely.

Sad to hear of the passing of broadcasting legend Terry Wogan. Loved here in Ireland & by his millions of fans in Britain.

As well as his Radio 2 career, where at one point he was the most listened to radio broadcaster in Europe, and shows such as Wogan and Children In Need, Wogan was for many the true voice of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Graham Norton paid a poignant tribute to his predecessor as the UK host of the show.

He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9.

Many people meanwhile despaired at the fact that so many iconic British figures had left us in 2016.

It’s truly like God’s put an intern in charge of deaths and he’s going through the list of celebrities people really love. RIP Terry Wogan.

Bowie Rickman Frey Wogan Why is 2016 taking the best people?

I think I speak for everyone when I say good riddance to January 2016. #TerryWogan

This month alone musician David Bowie, actor Alan Rickman and Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey have all passed away, while Motörhead frontman Lemmy died in late December.

January sure has been a month with great loss. RIP Terry Wogan #legend

David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and now Terry Wogan.. It's the end of January, please let this be the end of the deaths!

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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