John Peel dies aged 65

posted 2004-10-26 10:22:21 by dmcnelis



Veteran DJ John Peel, 65, has died.

He suffered a heart attack shortly after being taken ill during a working holiday in the city of Cuzco, Peru, with his wife Sheila.

John Peel dies aged 65



Jon Dennis

Tuesday October 26, 2004





Veteran DJ John Peel, 65, has died.

He suffered a heart attack shortly after being taken ill during a working holiday in the city of Cuzco, Peru, with his wife Sheila.



John Peel was a DJ on BBC Radio 1 since it was founded.



His evening radio show occupied a unique position in British popular music, popularising such diverse acts as Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and the Sex Pistols.



"He passed away. We don't have any details. We received a phone call at 4am from his brother to inform us," said Jonathan Clare, a British embassy official in Lima.



The BBC in London said Peel was on a working holiday in Cuzco with his wife, Sheila. There was no other comment from the BBC.



Peel, born John Ravenscroft in 1939, was one of Britain's original pirate radio disc jockeys in the 1960s, broadcasting from ships anchored just outside British waters that won huge followings. Peel was his assumed "pirate" name.



In the late 1970s he championed punk rock to the consternation of many of his radio contemporaries who were still playing rock supergroups - and were convinced the new music fad would never had any real impact.



Peel was awarded an OBE for his services to British music





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