Dom Busby had a long and distinguished career in radio sports presenting

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Dom Busby, one of the stars of Radio Five Live, has died after a short illness.

The broadcaster's death was announced on the channel this morning. He was only 53.

His colleague Shourjo Sarkar read out the following during Adrian Chiles' mid-morning show:

"Our colleague and friend Dominic Busby has died after a short illness. Dom was a familiar voice across BBC Radio, and you may well have heard him reading the sports bulletins here on Five Live, often during the weekend, during Weekend Breakfast. The thoughts of everyone here at at the BBC are with Dominic’s family and his friends."

Other workmates at the station and fans including celebrities like Stephen Fry and former Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie were quick to offer their tributes.

Dom was a popular voice on the radio

On Twitter, Stephen Fry, a lifelong cricket fan, sent this message to his 12.4 million followers: "Terribly saddened by the news of Dom Busby’s death. I had the honour of teaching him (and his rascally brothers) many, many years ago. He was as delightful, bubbly, charming and smart then as he was throughout his career"

Jason Gillepsie wrote: "Sad news to hear than Dom Busby has passed away. A lovely man- my condolences to Dom’s family, friends and colleagues" adding the hashtag #RIPDomBusby

Dominic had worked in radio for more than 30 years, beginning at the local station in York before moving to BBC Sport and Five Live. The executive editor for Radio York, editor Martyn Weston, paid tribute to the "proud Yorkshireman" saying:

"He started his career here in 1988 and has been part of our radio family ever since. His energy in the newsroom and his passion for radio were infectious. We will be forever grateful for his unique talents, his special voice, and the connection he had with listeners".

Lifelong cricket fan Stephen Fry revealed that he'd taught the late Dom Busby
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Dom will be much missed by sports fans

Another glowing tribute came from Colin Patterson, sport news editor who called Dominic "a great broadcaster and a brilliant man."

He continued: "You could hear the excitement in his voice when he was reading the sports news on air. He had a long and successful career at the BBC – 30 years at many of our local radio stations, and for the past 10 of those years he also worked for BBC Sport.

"He will be much missed by his colleagues and listeners to BBC radio. Our thoughts are with his family at this terrible time," he added.

Busby, who lived in Yorkshire, described himself as a "cricket-loving BBC broadcaster for Five Live and Radios 2 and 4" on his Twitter biography.

Another BBC workmate, producer Sam Clark said: “This is such sad news.

“The most positive, warm and encouraging person. Pleased that our paths crossed and devastated that he has been taken from us. Sometimes life just isn’t far.”