RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne has died at the age of 85 9 months ago

RTÉ broadcaster Gay Byrne has died at the age of 85

Very sad news today.

RTÉ veteran Gay Byrne has died at the age of 85.

The news was announced by the national broadcaster today as the presenter has been "ill for some time."

Three years ago Gay was diagnosed with prostate cancer, with him announcing the news on his radio show.

"I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life.

"It's my turn now," said Byrne.

Gay first began his broadcasting career in 1962 on The Late Late Show and was commended for his warm nature and relaxed presentation style. His last ever Late Late Show aired in 1999.

In a statement, his family told RTÉ: "It is with sadness that Kathleen, Crona and Suzy wish to announce that their beloved Gay has died peacefully at home today, surrounded by his family.

"We wish to thank everybody for their love and support during Gay's illness. Particularly the wonderful teams in the Mater Hospital, St Francis Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society".

He survived by his wife Kathleen, their daughters Crona and Suzy and their families.