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Saturday 21 October 2017

Legendary radio DJ Tony Fenton loses battle with cancer

LEGENDARY DJ Tony Fenton has lost his battle with cancer after suffering a setback in his treatment.

The 53-year-old was brought back to hospital in recent days but his death was announced late this morning.

Staff at Today FM in Dublin were called to a meeting as it was announced that Mr Fenton had passed away overnight.

It is understood he had taken a setback in recent weeks.

He had been looking forward to getting back to work at Today FM and recently told the Herald he was looking forward to being behind the microphone again.

"I'm chomping at the bit, I really cannot wait. It'll be just me again, back on as normal," he said in January.

After 40 years in broadcasting Tony was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame last September.

He had been undergoing treatment for the recurrent cancer he had been battling on and off since 2011.

2FM DJ Dave Fanning said that he met Tony about four weeks ago and he was optimistic.

"He was sick for a long time and he beat it," Dave told the Herald.

"I talked to him about four or five weeks ago and he said he was coming back but as it turned out it wasn't to be.

"He took the route of massive optimism all the way. He just didn't want to hear anything bad. He was full of life, he was every cliché you can imagine, up for everything, they don't make them like that anymore," Mr Fanning added.

Newstalk's Jonathan Healy said Tony had provided the soundtrack to a generation through the Hotline on 2FM before moving over to Today FM.

"He was responsible for my first ever appearance on radio and that of my colleagues Ray Foley, KC and Ruth Scott all appeared on the Hotline," he said this morning.

Upbeat

"Tony gave us a break. I met him in the lift just a couple of weeks ago, he was upbeat, as he always was, talking about how he was getting the better of the cancer.

"Unfortunately that cancer got the better of him today. So our thoughts with his friends and family. May he rest in peace."

2FM DJ and fellow cancer sufferer Louise McSharry paid tribute to Tony today on Twitter.

"So very sad to hear of the passing of Tony Fenton. What an incredible career, and a very kind man on the occasion I met him," she said.

Broadcaster Tom Dunne said: "Heartbroken to hear of Tony Fenton's passing. Audrey and I loved him very much. We had so many great times with him, so many."

At just 17, Anthony Fagan - as he was known to his parents - got his big break at pirate station Alternative Radio Dublin (ARD).

In 2013 Tony revealed that he was battling cancer for a second time. He had beaten prostate cancer but the disease returned.

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