Former Classic FM radio presenter Jamie Crick has died at the age of 57.
The family of the Jazz FM and Scala Radio broadcaster said on Tuesday that Crick died following a “short illness”.
A spokesperson for Bauer Media UK said: “Jamie Crick was a broadcaster through and through and played an integral role on our radio stations.
“He was also a great friend to his colleagues at Jazz FM, Scala Radio and the wider Bauer Media teams. He will be sorely missed by them all, along with his friends and listeners.
The family of @jazzfm and @ScalaRadio broadcaster Jamie Crick have announced his death at the age of 57 following a short illness, our deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones at this time. A spokesperson for Jazz FM and Scala has shared the below: pic.twitter.com/K0fEv7scro
— Bauer Media Group UK (@bauermedia) August 29, 2023
“Our radio stations have a big gap to fill and will pay tribute accordingly in the near future, but while they all come to terms with Jamie’s unexpected passing, they will continue to broadcast the music that he loved in his honour every day.
“Our deepest condolences are with his family and loved ones at this time.”
Crick joined Bauer Media UK’s Jazz FM in 2014 as a guest presenter before taking over the breakfast show and then moving to the afternoon slot in 2016.
He had spent around 20 years on Global’s Classic FM from 1994 and was creative director of Gaydar Radio.
Fellow radio presenter Simon Bates wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “So very sad to learn that Jamie Crick has died. When I first started at Classic FM, Jamie was a fund of support, kindness and good humour.”
Hugely saddened to hear of the passing of Jamie Crick. Long before his national career, I heard Jamie on County Sound and thought… that’s the kind of presenter I’d like to be. Many years later, I was only too pleased to welcome him into the @BBCSussex @BBCSurrey family. 💔 pic.twitter.com/9qnkVLviKq
— Mark Carter (@MarkCarterMC) August 29, 2023
BBC South and BBC South East deputy managing editor Mark Carter, who saw Crick join the corporation’s local teams, wrote: “Hugely saddened to hear of the passing of Jamie Crick. Long before his national career, I heard Jamie on County Sound and thought… that’s the kind of presenter I’d like to be.
“Many years later, I was only too pleased to welcome him into the @BBCSussex @BBCSurrey family.”
Crick also co-founded Encore Radio, which celebrated the music of musicals, in 2018 and also presented a programme about the form of theatre on Bauer’s Scala Radio.
Nick Pitts, content director of Jazz FM, said: “I am very lucky. I get to make friends with some amazing people who I also work with. @Jamie_Crick was one of those very special people who I had a lot of time for.
“Someone who cared for others, loved being on the air and today, someone who has left our world.”