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Doug Banks (1958 - 2016)

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Doug Banks (1958 - 2016)

Doug Banks, who hosted his nationally syndicated radio talk show, "The Doug Banks Morning Show," died Monday of complications of diabetes in Miami, Florida, according to multiple news sources, including The Associated Press. He was 57.

One of the stations that the disc jockey worked for, his longtime IHeartMedia station V103 in Chicago, also confirmed the death via social media.

"With a heavy heart, we share the news with you that Doug Banks has passed away," the station wrote in a post on Facebook. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Rest in peace our good friend, you will be greatly missed."


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Bonnie DeShong, his former co-host on v103’s “Banks & Company,” returned to the air waves Monday to share her condolences. She's now the director of external affairs at the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

“Love you Doug," she wrote in a post on Facebook. "I am so grateful I got to spend a few, now precious moments with you on Friday.

"I haven’t lost you. Your spirit will forever surround me and you will be in my heart forever. Everyone please keep Wendy and the girls in your prayers.”

Born in Philadelphia, Banks was raised in Detroit, Michigan. He began his broadcasting career on his high school’s radio station before reaching listeners on commercial radio in the Motor City. From Detroit, Banks did radio shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco. He came to the Chicago station WBMX in 1982 and made a lasting impression. Thanks to his morning show, the station's ratings soared.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy, and four children. 

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