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John Peel TributeOne of Britain's most loved broadcasters, John Peel had a heart attack whilst on a working holiday in the Inca city of Cuzco in Peru on October 25, 2004.

He died with his wife Sheila by his side.

Tributes arrived from bands, fans and supporters from all around the world. Among the first to pay their respects were such seminal British artists as Blur, Oasis, and New Order. Prime Minister Tony Blair also paid tribute.

Radio had lost an original voice, musicians had lost a champion, fans had lost a hero and Britons had lost their favourite uncle. John Peel's death was mourned by teenagers, their parents and even their grandparents.

Peel often spoke wryly of his eventual death. He once said: "I've always imagined I'd die by driving into the back of a truck while trying to read the name on a cassette, and people would say, 'he would have wanted to go that way.' Well, I want them to know that I wouldn't."

Various artists and celebrities talk about the man—and footage of John “playing” Mandolin on Maggie May with the Faces.

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Read some of the tributes from colleagues, artists and fans from all over the world and even add your own.

"John was a launchpad for a thousand careers, including mine. No one in any medium could match his influence as a supporter of new talent … without commercial interest or intent. Someone who attempted to please nobody but himself ended up forging one of the most profound links with his listeners in the history of broadcasting. He was an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary love for music. I and many others will never forget him."

Jarvis Cocker

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"To me John was a bit like a father, a bit like a best friend and a bit like John Peel off the radio. Before John died no one as close to me had actually died and it was exceptional to share the grief with half the country and beyond. However, in some strange way I felt lucky because I had the great fortune of being his assistant on his Radio 1 Show and John had invited me into his family home. "

Hermeet Chadha - John's Radio 1 Broadcast Assistant

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"It feels like losing someone that you just assumed would be there forever. I've loved listening to him for - my goodness - decades. His voice and the music he played has had so many personal memories attached to them over that time. Great man. Great loss."


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