Legendary music disc jockey John Peel has died suddenly in Peru aged 65.
He was on holiday in the ancient Inca city of Cuzco.
Peel was one of the greatest influences of British pop music, starting in the Sixties and still playing new and experimental music in recent weeks on his weekday Radio 1 show.
Peel also presented the award-winning Radio 4 programme Home Truths.
Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt said: "John Peel was a broadcasting legend. I am deeply saddened by his death, as are all who work at Radio 1.
"John's influence has towered over the development of popular music for nearly four decades and his contribution to modern music and music culture is immeasurable.
"Hopeful bands all over the world sent their demo tapes to John knowing that he really cared.
"His commitment and passion for new music only grew stronger over the years.
"In fact, when I last saw him he was engaged in a lively debate with his fellow DJs over the state of new music today. He will be hugely missed."
He was only 10 years older than my father. A very sobering thought to suddenly realise the mortality of your "nearest and dearest". I loved his show. I'm in a state of shock. I can't believe he's gone. He was one of a kind.