RTÉ host Gerry Ryan found dead in Dublin flat

RTÉ presenter Gerry Ryan was found dead today in his Dublin home after he failed to report to his morning radio show on 2fm.

Gardaí confirmed that 53 year-old Ryan was located in his apartment on Upper Leeson Street in the Ballsbridge section of Dublin at 1PM local time. Cause of death was not immediately apparent, but Gardaí have confirmed that foul play is not suspected in Ryan’s sudden death. Ryan’s family said in a statement through RTÉ that they were “completely shocked” and requested privacy.

Ryan had a lengthy career with RTÉ:

In addition to his popular radio programme, the controversial broadcaster, who joined RTÉ in 1979, presented a host of television programmes, including Ryan Confidential, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan’s Hitlist and Operation Transformation.

He co-presented the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin’s Point Theatre and replaced Pat Kenny for an edition of The Late Late Show in 2008.

The presenter separated from his wife of 26 years in 2008, and the couple had five children.