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Steve Wright ‘became extremely withdrawn and stopped going out after his ex-wife died during Covid’ – as son reveals he flew from LA to care for the BBC star before his death


Steve Wright ‘became extremely withdrawn and stopped going out after his ex-wife died during Covid’, it has been claimed. 

Locals living near the DJ’s £2million flat, where he was found dead aged 69 on Monday morning, say he ‘completely shut down’ after the pandemic.

Neighbours told The Sun he stopped drinking in the area and believe the sudden death of his ex-wife Cyndi Robinson at the age of 65 in July 2020 had hit Wright hard. 

The couple divorced ‘out of the blue’ in 1999 after 27 years of marriage in which they had two children together – Lucy and Tom.  

Wright’s son, Tom, had been living in Los Angeles but revealed he returned to the UK to care for his father before his death.

Locals living near Steve Wright's £2million flat in London say the DJ became extremely withdrawn after the pandemic

Locals living near Steve Wright’s £2million flat in London say the DJ became extremely withdrawn after the pandemic 

Wright pictured with his ex-wife Cyndi Robinson before they jetted off for their honeymoon. The couple married in 1972 but divorced in 1999. Cyndi died in July 2020 aged 65

Wright pictured with his ex-wife Cyndi Robinson before they jetted off for their honeymoon. The couple married in 1972 but divorced in 1999. Cyndi died in July 2020 aged 65

One neighbour said Wright stopped going out in recent years after the country came out of the Covid pandemic. 

‘He was a different person. even before his radio show ended,’ they said.

‘He was extremely withdrawn.’  

It has been claimed Wright was in talks to host his own TV show, 18-months after being replaced on the radio by Scott Mills.

His friend of 40 years, publicist Gary Farrow, said he believes Wright ‘died from a broken heart’ after he was ‘devastated’ to lose his popular Radio 2 afternoon slot in 2022.

But Tom has now spoken out about his gratitude over getting the opportunity to bond with his father in his final days.

In a touching post on social media, the grieving son said: ‘It meant the world to me that I was able to get to know my Dad in a way I never had in the months before he died.

‘I will cherish every moment we shared and every memory we made.

‘I only hope to make him proud and build on his legacy with kindness and love.’

Tom Wright had been living in Los Angeles but returned to the UK to care for his father

Tom Wright had been living in Los Angeles but returned to the UK to care for his father

Loving father Steve is pictured holding a beaming Thomas during a family snap in July 1988

Loving father Steve is pictured holding a beaming Thomas during a family snap in July 1988

Steve Wright, who died at the age of 69, pictured in his studio in 1994

Steve Wright, who died at the age of 69, pictured in his studio in 1994 

He added: ‘This made every struggle worthwhile to have had this time with him before we lost him.’

Just two days before his father passed away, Tom posted that he had returned to Britain to spend a week with him before he received his MBE awarded in the New Year Honours list.

He said he hopes to find comfort in recordings of his father’s radio broadcasts one day. 

Tom wrote about losing both of his parents: ‘Thank the Gods I’m sober, as this would have straight up killed me even a couple years ago after losing Mum over the pandemic in the same way without getting to see him before he passed after flying back to take care of the old blighter.’

Wright was found dead at his £2million flat on Monday morning after paramedics were called to an ‘incident’, MailOnline revealed.

Emergency services rushed to the star’s home in Marylebone, central London, just after 10am on February 12, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His ‘unexpected’ death is not being treated as suspicious with a report being prepared for the coroner, police said.

The radio personality presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 for more than four decades before his death aged 69.

George Michael pictured with BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright

George Michael pictured with BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright

DJ Steve Wright arrives for the Sony Radio Awards 2003

DJ Steve Wright arrives for the Sony Radio Awards 2003

Steve Wright pictured with radio DJ's Tony Blackburn (left), and Paul Gambaccini (right)

Steve Wright pictured with radio DJ’s Tony Blackburn (left), and Paul Gambaccini (right)

Steve Wright pictured in 1980

Steve Wright pictured in 1980

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We were called at 10.07am on Monday 12 February to reports of an incident.

‘We sent a number of resources to the scene. Very sadly, a person was pronounced dead at the scene.’

It comes as the last picture of the legendary broadcaster shows him larking around and taking ‘ironic selfies’ with a friend in New York just weeks before his death.

Wright’s heartbroken brother blamed the BBC star’s death on his poor diet and claimed that he concealed his health problems from his family, MailOnline revealed.

Laurence Wright, 65, also shut down claims that the Corporation’s decision to axe him from his long-running Radio 2 Afternoon Show contributed to his death, revealing the veteran star was ‘thankful’ for the rest.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Laurence said: ‘He was aware that he could have looked after himself better, in his lifestyle choices. Obviously we all wish he had.

‘It’s like anyone who doesn’t look after themselves over an extended period. The normal stuff – diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress – he was a very stoic kind of guy as well so if he had something wrong with him and he had to go to have some treatment or go to the doctors, he wouldn’t talk about it.

‘He was the kind of guy who would just carry on, take care of it, not talk about it, not make a big thing, that kind of stoic sort of attitude.

‘That’s just how he was – that probably didn’t help really, because he wouldn’t have help or take advice necessarily.’

Laurence Wright (pictured), the brother of Steve Wright, blamed the DJ's death on his poor diet and claims he hid health problems from his family

Laurence Wright (pictured), the brother of Steve Wright, blamed the DJ’s death on his poor diet and claims he hid health problems from his family

Wright in a photo taken in 1995

Wright in a photo taken in 1995 

He said Wright didn’t feel he should have been sacked from his popular show – but needed a break. 

Laurence, a director of a company in the health industry, says his older brother’s tendency for eating out at restaurants combined with his reluctance to talk about various ‘health issues’, keeping his family in the dark, were the main factors behind his shock death at the age of 69.



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