…By Lola Smith for TDPel Media.
Tragic Discovery: Former BBC Radio Derby presenter Michael Carey identified as the man pulled from the River Derwent over the weekend.
The 87-year-old, beloved by the local community, was rescued from the water at Darley Abbey Mills on Saturday morning but sadly passed away in the hospital shortly after.
Carey had hosted the popular radio program “Memorable Melodies” for nearly 20 years before stepping down in 2019.
Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding Carey’s entry into the water.
Authorities have appealed to anyone who was in the area between 08:30 and 09:20 BST on Saturday to come forward with any relevant information.
BBC Radio Derby expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the much-loved presenter, acknowledging his significant contribution to the station.
Remembering Michael Carey:
Aftab Gulzar, the executive editor at BBC Radio Derby, reflected on Carey’s remarkable life, highlighting his achievements not only as a radio presenter but also as an author and national cricket correspondent.
Gulzar praised Carey’s professionalism and work ethic, describing him as a reserved individual who enjoyed discussing topics such as music, cricket, and his dogs with great enthusiasm.
Listeners expressed their sadness on social media, sharing condolences and expressing their grief over the news.
A Loss to the Broadcasting Community:
The passing of Michael Carey has left a void in the broadcasting industry, with colleagues and listeners alike mourning the loss of a talented and respected individual.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his tragic death continues as authorities strive to uncover the events leading to this heartbreaking incident.
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