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John Peel Dies Of A Heart Attack

John Peel has died of a heart attack while on holiday in Peru. He was 65.

Peel, who was one of Radio 1's original DJs when the station launched in 1967, had championed new bands throughout his career. Although he had suffered ill health in recent years, he carried on broadcasting three times a week on Radio 1 until a fortnight ago.

He had been a DJ since completing military service, starting out in Texas in 1962.

The Prime Minister Tony Blair has led the tributes to John Peel, saying he was "genuinely saddened" after the DJ died of a heart attack in Peru. Mr Blair's spokesman said: "His view is that John Peel was a genuine one-off, whether on Radio 1 or Radio 4. He was a unique voice in British Broadcasting."

Joy Division and New Order star Bernard Sumner added: "He was one of a few people to give bands that played alternative music a chance to get heard."

After announcing his death, Radio 1 played his favourite song, 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones.

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