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James Klass

Presenter James Klass dies

BBC Radio Merseyside presenter James Klass has died after a short illness.

James Klass who presented BBC Radio Merseyside's Upfront programme has died aged 44.

James began presenting the Upfront programme with Barbara Phillips in 1983 and apart from a brief spell in commercial radio had presented the programme ever since.

Born in the Bahamas, James came to Liverpool as a teenager, he was a well known figure on the Liverpool club scene where he worked as a DJ.

James passed away in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Sunday, 12 July.

Despite his illness James had continued to present Upfront with Mandy Smith until a couple of weeks ago.

James' funeral is at Liverpool Cathedral at 1.30pm Friday, 17 July. Dress is bright and vibrant.

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Phil G
James a true gent sadly missed RIP James

bbc children in need team
you will be sadly missed james, rest in peace, u will be always in out thoughts and hearts, from the children in need team. marie peter, lisa, paul, gillian and james.

Vicki & Grenlea
James will never be forgotten, he lit up a room with his smile and was always for full of fun, and sincerely willing to help anyone ...Deepest sympathies to all the family...R.I.P !! xx

Lyn Graham
I only knew James fpr a shprt while. Imet him at various meetings of local housing groups, he dud such a lot for tennants and residents. He was one of the nicest men you could ever meet, and he will be sadly missed.

Lisa Gordon
great DJ at Jamaica House da good old daysJames will be sadly missedxxx

bbc radio merseyside paul bradshaw
the klass and I worked together for more than 20 years around the club scene as well as radio city and city gold and we had good times at the BBC.All I can say the klass was a good hearted man who always had a smile on his face and it is going to be hard when looking in studio 2 and your not there but I know deep down you will be around.R.I.P. mate heart broken friend bradders

You will be missed so much James. You were an inspirational, great man. An irreplacable friend. Love and prayers to all your family and friends xxx

Samantha hann
Missing you so much uncle james. You did so much for me over christmas and i wish i could repay you. Rest peacefully. Love you x trudy x

Chris Blumer.
I worked with James at Crash FM 10 years ago and had remained in touch with him since I left Liverpool. James was one of the warmest, most sincere human beings I have ever met in life. James you were a brilliant broadcaster as well as being one of the world's good guys. I will miss you and your infectious personality. Rest in Peace my friend...

im sorry to hear about james he will be missed

denise kenny
i dont believe it ive known james when he done peacefull hour on city fm in 1991 i even got over a 1000 ppl to sign that city fm should not get rid of him i followed him every where from oscars to the grafton to mc jam i loved him with all my heart RIP

Joe Cahill
Friend,and tutor around the arts centre.James my good friend,you will be sadly missed.Peace and love too family and

Roy Norry
Total respect to James. He was a presenter at BBC Merseyside when I started there in the 80's. I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. The area of Merseyside and local radio broadcasting has suffered a great loss.

Lisa & Tanika Ryan
words cant say how much james will be missed, but will never be forgotten,rip james.

Joe Curran / Jimmy Day
As DJ's in Liverpool for many years we both have fond memories of James, always happy, always fun, a true gentleman. We had not seen James for years but have very fond memories and great respect. A sat loss to Radio, Mersyside and the world. R.I.P James God bless x

R.I.P James.

kelly klass
your wife and children miss you more than words can say xxx

Ali H
I always enjoyed listening to the banter between james & mandy. James had a voice & character that made him so easy to listen to & I'll really miss him.

Sarah Rosete
James will be missed a lot. He taught me everything I know! Best tutor ever and genuinely a nice guy. I never tired of hearing his hilarious stories! RIP James. MY condolences to his family and close friends.

ben eme
I first met james 1986 at the charles wootton centre he was a warm and charming character always smiling and cheerfull. I last seen him a few weeks ago he was n crutches. What can i say r.ip mate.

One of his many listeners..
Gone too soon x My thoughts are with his family and friends x

A man of many facets . . . showman, entertainer, big personality, charming, easy-going but with a serious side . . . proud, positive, spiritual with inner strength . . . family man, once met never forgotten. James didn't stand in the shadows, he lived life: a real character. The world is a little darker having lost one of it's bright lights ... James was definitely in his own 'Klass'!

Martin Edwards
I'm really sad to hear the news thats James Klass has passed away so young, I known James for over 20 years, I was at college with him briefly, he was a cool guy, I hope his family and friends and colleagues at radio merseyside are able to cope at this very time, RIP James.

Amanda DeAngeles
It's so, so sad. You will be missed, James. Love and courage and grace to your family.

rest in peace sweet man sincere condolances to all his family

Jane Buchanan
Am in shock! It was a real pleasure to have been a collegue for many years... James was such a fun guy to be around...always cheered me up! Great energy and spirit. My thoughts are with his family during such a tough and shocking time.Blessed

james, my mentor. I keep trying to find the words to describe how painful it is to lose you...

Andrea Hayden
It's a shame to lose one of Liverpool's great black DJ and presenter. He has brought fun and joy to many people. He will greatly be missed.

Ali Bailey
Such a sad loss - James made the Upfront show. My heart goes out to his family. RIP James - you will be missed.

Jane Buchanan
I'm so sad and shocked to hear this news. I worked alongside James for a while and always had a warm spot in my heart for him and his great laugh and upbeat personality. Sad to heat this news. Condolences to his loved ones and family at this time.

Shelly Thomas-Baines
So young.. rest in peace x

Freddy Perez
My good amigo i wiil remember you forever!!!Freddy PerezEl Rincon Latino

James will be sadly missed from the Sunday morning congregation at Liverpool Cathedral. Together with his 2 beautiful little daughters & son Anton he was part of the fabric of the place, a great loss.

Felce Illume
Great guy: He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Sad to hear the loss of this presenter at such a young age, who had such a unique, lovely, life loving lively voice, sincere condolenses to his family and friends.

Carol Holywell
I was sorry to read about james Klass death. I sometimes Listerned to the show on a Saturday evening. It was a very positive progamme and the music was very enjoyable. I am sure he will be missed.

Ossie Akaunu
A great Father, Friend, Brother and mentor to many people in Liverpool generally, Toxteth in paricular. Sincere condolonces to his family and friends.

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