The Merseyside-born Disc Jockey and broadcaster John Peel has died.
He was 65 and had been on a working holiday with his wife in Peru when he was taken ill. Although he moved from Merseyside some years ago, he never lost his links to the area and was a fanatical Liverpool fan.
Joh Peel was born John Ravnescroft in Heswall and after completing his military service began working for a radio station in Dallas. At this time the Beatles success was reaching its peak and with his Liverpool connections he found it helped his ratings to claim acquaintance with the group. He was in Dallas when JFK was shot and was at the press conference just before Lee Harvey Oswald was shot.
He returned to Britain in 1967 and joined Radio London. He had been with Radio 1 from the beginning in 1967 and was the first DJ to give exposure to punk, reggae, hip-hop, long before they crossed over into the mainstream.
He was awarded a honarary degree from Liverpool University in 2000 and was a lifelong Liverpool supporter.