Gerry Ryan


DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland mourned the shock loss Friday of one of the nation's best-known broadcasters, Gerry Ryan, who was found dead in his Dublin apartment after failing to broadcast his morning radio show, an Irish institution.

He was 53. The cause of death was not disclosed. Ryan had been living alone since he separated in 2008 from his wife Morah, with whom he had five children, aged 10 to 24.

Since 1988 Ryan, a Dublin pioneer of pirate radio who had an early reputation as a "shock jock," has hosted a three-hour morning radio show on national broadcasters RTE called simply The Gerry Ryan Show. It features live phone-ins, interviews and political satire.

He also fronted myriad RTE television talk shows and celebrity interviews — his Irish name recognition underscored by program titles such as "Ryantown," ''Gerry Ryan Tonight," ''Gerry Ryan's Hitlist" and "Ryan Confidential" — and was known for his outspokenness and coarse humor.

After police discovered Ryan's body Friday, his radio station RTE2 broke off its usual programing to play nonstop music for more than an hour as grief-stricken station employees absorbed the news.

Tributes poured in from all corners of Ireland's political and entertainment communities, led by Prime Minister Brian Cowen, who lauded Ryan as "one of the greats of modern Irish broadcasting."

"As a broadcaster, Gerry Ryan was both informed and intelligent, forthright and articulate," Cowen said. "As a man, he was generous, famously irreverent and witty."

The managing director of RTE Radio, Claire Duignan, said Ryan had gone home from work Thursday night complaining of feeling ill and not intending to come to work Friday.

"When he spoke with people to say he wouldn't be in today, they obviously expressed concern and asked: Did he need a doctor or anything like that?" Duignan said. "But he said no, he was fine, but he wouldn't be in today."

Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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I only found out today that Gerry Ryan had passed away. I have not been in Ireland since last December so it came as a complete shock to read it in todays paper. I actually thought that he must be on holiday this week (I'm sure he would laugh at that!). Over the last three years I have been to Ireland 10 times, and have always listened to him in my car - a fantastic broadcaster & fantastic bloke. I have just finished reading a book by Tony Hawkes about his travels around Ireland lugging a...

"I will miss you Gerry Ryan...

Hi Gerry another week without you. I miss you so much just can't believe you are gone. May God Bless you. xxxx Michelle

So sorry to hear about the loss of Gerry did not always get to listen to him but used to have great entertainment when he used to be on the late shows along with Beat on the Street.Sympathy to his family and friends along with his work mates.
God Take care of ye all

gerry you were the biggest gobshite in ireland and i loved you, and an your show ,i am absolutly at a loss because i knew you were there always to advise and now who do i turn to, there,s not a politican in the country worth the weight of your microphone,god be with your family and friends(do you think rte cud play your shows on repeat).....they show repeats all the time on tv. i hope they do because i cant bear the fact i might not hear you again.....please rte we want to hear the shows...


Gerry, you will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace. Eamon.

All the best gerry. rest in peace.
my prayers are with your family and friends, comfort can be found in memories. they are the one thing that never leave us. will always remember the way you connected with people you never met, and they with you. hope you've gotten your reward and met all those gone before you espically your parents. god bless, home at last.
Catherine .