POPULAR radio presenter Chris Copsey died suddenly on Tuesday (January 11).
Mr Copsey, in his early 50s, was a presenter for Sovereign FM broadcasting across Hailsham and Eastbourne.
He presented the station’s breakfast show yesterday and afterwards went shopping at a Sainsbury’s store when he fell gravely ill and died.
Allan Moulds, group managing director for Media Sound Holdings which runs the Hailsham radio station, said, “He was a Sussex boy through and through, and did lots for charities, schools, and was so active in the community.”
Mr Copsey had lived in Scaynes Hill near Haywards Heath for years with his wife and family.
He had been a radio presenter in Sussex for nearly 30 years and started his career for Southern FM in 1983.
Sovereign FM had employed him for 18 months before his tragic death.
The radio station’s website has been inundated with tributes from listeners and the webmaster has had to create more space for people to pay homage.
Radio presenting colleagues also paid tribute to the ‘much loved’ breakfast show presenter.
A joint statement from teams at Arrow FM, Bright FM, Sovereign FM and Splash FM, said, “Chris had been a constant voice on the Sussex airwaves since 1983, and we were very proud to have him as one of us.
“He was a Sussex broadcasting legend, a consummate professional – but, more importantly than that, he was a great friend, and so much fun to be around and have as a colleague.
“Chris had been with us for a little under 18 months, but many of us had known him for many years, or at the very least, grown up listening to him.
“The whole team are in total shock at this devastating news, and our thoughts are with his wife and family at this very sad time.”