Britain has lost another treasure to an illness which is despised by us all.
Terry Wogan was admired by millions and was a huge asset to this nation’s great broadcasting tradition.
At the age of 77 he lost his short battle with cancer and now rests after a lifetime of achievement.
The news hit me when I was surrounded by a group of friends.
Their reaction was strong in that people were shocked with what I had just read out to them from the news feed on my phone.
After a short conversation about the life he led and the millions he made laugh, I was also struck by all the work he did for charity.
A devoted presenter for the BBC’s annual Children in Need extravaganza, he would do all he could to encourage people to support it in any way they could.
He could never get over just how generous the public could be in their giving.
And the love he had to support children who were less-privileged and ill was incredibly moving.
He was someone who just wanted to do good.
Those who donated shared his heart too.
Sir Terry wasn’t just an average broadcaster who would inform people about everything that was going on.
He had a real connection with his audience and made listeners and viewers of all ages, feel warm and invited to everything happening.
The veteran broadcaster has left an extraordinary legacy. The impact he has not only had on Brits but with people across the globe is incredible.
Everything he did never appeared to be for his benefit. He just loved entertaining and keeping people engaged.
Televisions and our airwaves will no longer be the same without the voice of such a respected man and he will never be forgotten. As demonstrated so early on in this year, life is too short to sit around doing things you dislike.
Be like Sir Terry and enjoy all that is required of you.
Everyone can have an impact on those around them, but the question is this: are you prepared to impact those around you?
Sir Terry was genuine in his presentation and with the things he would say on a personal level. His on-screen life was never phoney.
He exuded energy and would always make the crowds chuckle, dance and sway.
On the other hand he had the ability to make us cry.
We have lost a legendary broadcaster and I am confident his work will live on for years to come.