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Mike Carey Dead at 87, Cause of Death

BY Anas Shah May 22, 2023. 08:08 pm

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After being rescued from a river, a former BBC broadcaster sadly died.

Derbyshire Police have identified the man as Michael Carey, who was retrieved from the River Derwent over the weekend.

The 87-year-old native was transported to the hospital but died shortly thereafter.

Mr. Carey was the radio station’s Memorable Melodies DJ for over two decades before retiring in 2019.

Anyone who was in the vicinity between 08:30 and 09:20 BST on Saturday is requested to contact police.

Mr. Carey has been dubbed a “absolute gem” by fans and presenters on Twitter.

BBC Radio Derby paid tribute to the former presenter and tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that we announce that Mike Carey has passed away at the age of 87.”

“Mike was a former presenter on BBC Radio Derby for almost 20 years, where he hosted Memorable Melodies. We’re getting the latest tributes to Mike.”

People have commented underneath the tribute to pay their respects.

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Presenter Owen Bradley said: “Mike was such a lovely bloke, and Memorable Melodies was a fabulous programme. Everything that is brilliant about BBC local radio. Thinking of him & my former colleagues at BBC Radio Derby.”

Another person commented: “Mike was such a gem to work with. Whether it was 1940s show tunes, his weekly interviews with Brian Clough or meeting Mick Jagger while covering test cricket – he always had plenty of stories to tell.”

Mr Carey also worked as a national cricket correspondent and was an author.

“Very sad to hear of Mike’s death – he was a lovely man with whom I chatted cricket on a few occasions,” someone wrote.

Station executive Aftab Gulzar said Mr Carey enjoyed an “incredible life” and was a “constant professional.”

While another said: “My first job in radio was working with Mike every Sunday afternoon. His stories, wisdom and humour were second to no one else I’ve ever met. He taught me so much but more importantly, he was my friend. God bless you Mike x”

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