BFF-63 Murder suspected in British radio presenter death: security source

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Murder suspected in British radio presenter death: security source

BEIRUT, Nov 27, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – British radio presenter Gavin Ford who
hosted one of Lebanon’s most popular shows was found dead in his home on
Tuesday in an apparent murder, a security source said.

An investigation has been opened and “initial information suggests that
Ford was murdered”, the source told AFP, asking not to be named.

Ford’s lifeless body was discovered at his home in Beit Meri, a mountain
town east of Beirut where his employer Radio One is also based, the national
news agency NNA said.

Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, said he was “shocked and
deeply saddened by the death of Gavin Ford, one of Lebanon’s most popular
morning breakfast hosts”.

“The thoughts of all at the embassy are with his family, friends and
colleagues at this terribly difficult time,” he tweeted, also posting a
photograph of Ford.

Radio One, in a message on social media, said: “We are heartbroken to
announce the passing of our dear Gavin Ford, a member of our team for many
joyful years.”

Neither the police nor his employer elaborated on the cause of his death.

Tributes started pouring in on social media for Ford, who had been one of
Lebanon’s most loved radio hosts for years.

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