The RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan has died.
Among the first to react to the news was his RTE colleague Miriam O’Callaghan who tweeted: Tragically it is true. So terribly shocking and sad. Life is just too cruel sometimes. RIP.
Gerard “Gerry” Ryan (4 June 1956 – 30 April 2010) was a veteran Irish full-time presenter of radio and part-time presenter of television employed by RTE. He presented The Gerry Ryan Show on radio station RTE 2fm each weekday morning from 1988 until his death.
Ryan hosted several series of television shows, including Secrets, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan’s Hitlist and Operation Transformation and Ryan Confidential, which recently finished its sixth series on RTE One.
Ryan was also noted for co-presenting the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest from the Point Theatre, Dublin and presenting an edition of the long-running chat show The Late Late Show in 2008.
Ryan was considered to be a motor-mouth shock jock. The Gerry Ryan Show has been the subject of several upheld complaints to the broadcasting complaints commission, although once escaped punishment when he wondered if God was a bollocks aloud live on air.
Ryan was noted for the enjoyment he took in discussing topics such as sex, bodily functions and food and once googled images of tapeworm porn.
In March 2008, it was announced that Ryan and his wife Morah, with whom he has five children, were to separate after 26 years of marriage.
In a joint statement, Gerry and Morah Ryan requested that their privacy and that of their children be respected.
The broadcaster revealed that he and his wife had made a pact never to discuss their marital breakdown in public. He described this much publicised separation as “the most painful decision that either of them ever had to make”, criticising those who have abandoned him and praising Man Booker Prize winner John Banville who has supported him.
Dealing with what he calls “the bachelor world of separation”, Ryan has said he “watches the Discovery Channel in his pyjamas while nursing a glass of whiskey in his shiny new apartment”.
Ryan was found dead in his Dublin apartment on 30 April 2010.