Tributes pour in for DJ Phil Wright

2013-02-27 12:27
Cape Town - Friends and former colleagues of ex-5FM rock DJ Phil Wright have paid tribute to one of SA's most iconic voices.

The metalhead and Top Billing voice-over artist was found dead in his home on Tuesday, reportedly from natural causes.

No official report on his passing has been released yet, but Wright's former colleague Brian Oxley told 567 CapeTalk on Wednesday morning that paramedics said he slipped in the bathroom and broke his neck.

Oxley, a former colleague of Wright's at the then-Radio 5 told 567 CapeTalk: "The one I think of when I think of Phil is 'kind'. He was one of the kindest, most gentlest guys you'll ever meet."

'All-round great guy'

Oxley also praised Wright for his mentorship of young, aspirant broadcasters who were starting out in the industry. "He had time for them, he would coach them… He was just an all-round great guy," he said.

Former 5FM and SuperSport presenter Darren Scott was one of the first to break the news of Wright's death on Twitter:
  Wright's former 5FM colleagues later took to Twitter to pay tribute to Wright:

Afrikaans rock musician Karen Zoid also shared her memories of the late broadcaster:

Fans have taken to social networks to express their gratitude to Wright for having been introduced to rock and metal music via his late-night radio shows.


  • Wayne Maguire - 2013-02-27 12:59

    Very sad news indeed, i regarded his voice like milk and honey. Very compasionate to animals. Very sad RIP Phil.

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-27 13:24

    Condolences to the will be missed Phil

  • Paul Cave - 2013-02-27 23:41

    I loved the Hard and Heavy hour on thursday nights, way back in the early 90's! RIP Phil Wright, we will miss you!

  • Andrew Prinsloo - 2013-02-27 23:59

    Your velvet voice was a comfort; your snakes, not so much. You will be SORELY missed, old boy. Andy, ex NicandFee.

  • Patty Pachonick - 2013-03-05 22:10

    Phil wright taught me about music I had never previously discovered - he opened up a whole new world for me. I truly loved that guy. So sad to know he is no longer about.

  • Patty Pachonick - 2013-03-05 22:15

    Phil Wright taught me about music I didn't know existed - he opened up a whole new world for me. I truly loved that guy. So sad to know he is no longer around.

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