Tributes are pouring in for Sir Terry Wogan after the radio and TV star's family said he had died after a "short but brave" battle with cancer.
BBC director general Tony Hall called Wogan a "national treasure", saying "today we've lost a wonderful friend".
Prime minister David Cameron said the UK had lost a "huge talent".
Wogan was born in Ireland but held dual British and Irish citizenship, and was knighted in 2005.
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.
Many people meanwhile despaired at the fact that so many iconic British figures had left us in 2016.
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.
RIP Sir Terry Wogan.
Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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