Heartbreak as BBC radio presenter announces he is dying of terminal cancer live on-air

Andy Potter told the BBC Radio Derby audience he had just months to live as he spoke from his hospital bed on Thursday.

The popular 55-year-old joined the local radio station in 1999 and presented the afternoon show for the past seven years.

He made no secret of his health, recording hospital visits and tests on social media – but after the cancer spread to his bowels, liver and kidneys he said he wanted “everyone to know”.

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Andy Potter announced he was terminally ill on BBC Radio Derby

Mr Potter told listeners from his bed at Royal Derby Hospital: “I honestly didn't know how to deal with it, when someone tells you this is the end of your life.

"I even told the consultant 'I suppose I have had better days'. I was told on Wednesday afternoon that I have terminal cancer.

"It is in a few places in my body, including my bowels, and I have been told I have just months left.

"My wife and son were, of course, the first people to hear the news but I wanted to get it out there to those who listen to my show and those who know me.”

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The radio presenter had been at the station in 1999

There has been an outpouring of emotion from Mr Potter’s listeners who have sent messages of support on Twitter.

One fan wrote: “So sad. Radio presenters become friends of their listeners. Thank you for sharing your news with us. My thoughts are with you and your family. God bless."

Another added: “So very sorry to hear this Andy, thank you for your time spent on the Radio keeping us amused, entertained and informed of everything topical."

With a third writing: “So sad to hear this. A popular Derby gent x"

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An outpouring of support has been sent to the DJ

BBC Radio Derby Editor Simon Cornes said staff at the radio station had been left "devastated" by the news.

"Andy wanted to let his listeners know as soon as possible and spoke to our breakfast presenter Ian Skye from his hospital bed this morning,” he said.

"Radio Derby is a tightly-knit family and all of Andy's friends here have both him and his loved ones in their thoughts."

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