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Terry Wogan, legend of British radio and TV, dies aged 77 LONDON - One of the best-known voices and faces of British radio and television Terry Wogan has died aged 77. The long term stalwart of the BBC died Sunday surrounded by family members "after a short but brave battle with cancer," his family said in a statement. The Irish-born DJ and presenter was a staple of British broadcasting, best known for his long-running radio morning show and his annual hosting duties for Britain's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest. He was also involved in Children in Need since it began. Terry Wogan with a collection of Pudsey Bears designed by celebrities which were auctioned for Children in Need.Image: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire /Associated PressHe built up a huge fan base over his decades-long career thanks to his inimitable voice and often subversive humour, and was awarded a knighthood in 2005. Prime Minister David Cameron was one of the first to pay tribute to Sir Terry, saying: "Britain has lost a huge talent — someone millions came to feel was their own special friend." 1/2 My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016 2/2 I grew up listening to him on the radio and watching him on tv. His charm and wit always made me smile. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 31, 2016 BBC director general Tony Hall said "Terry truly was a national treasure." "He was a lovely, lovely man and our thoughts are with his wife and family. For 50 years Sir Terry graced our screens and airwaves. His warmth, wit and geniality meant that for millions he was a part of the family." BBC Radio 2 controller Bob Shennan, meanwhile, said: "As the host of Wake up to Wogan, Terry established himself as one of the greatest and most popular radio hosts this country has ever heard." "We were brightened by his wonderful personality and charm as he woke us up every weekday morning, becoming an essential and much-loved part of our lives." Other figures from the world of television, radio and entertainment paid tribute Sunday, including Graham Norton, Dermot O'Leary, Edith Bowman and Chris Evans. We are all so terribly sad upon hearing of the passing of Terry. I can't put into words how the whole Radio 2 family is feeling. — Chris Evans (@achrisevans) January 31, 2016 He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible. RIP Sir Terry Wogan. I'll raise a glass during song 9. — graham norton (@grahnort) January 31, 2016 Just so tragic to hear the news of Terry Wogan this morning. A true pro, a lovely lovely man. Love and best wishes to his family. Xx — edith bowman (@edibow) January 31, 2016 There are great TV broadcasters & great radio broadcasters. Terry Wogan was the greatest TV & Radio broadcaster. A legend of all airwaves. — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2016 Sending all my love and prayers to Terry Wogans family & friends. Such sad news — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 31, 2016 Sir Terry. Just the most warm hearted, generous, funny, clever, life affirming man. Part of the foundations of @BBCRadio2 so very sad. — Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) January 31, 2016 This is for you Terry. 'May the road ride up to meet you' https://t.co/ca7vWs4oAz — Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) January 31, 2016 The Associated Press contributed reporting. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. window._msla=window.loadScriptAsync||function(src,id){if(document.getElementById(id))return;var js=document.createElement('script');js.id=id;js.src=src;document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0].parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}; _msla("//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js","twitter_jssdk");