Gerry Ryan, Irish Broadcaster, Dead at 53

May 1, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

TV Host Gerry Ryan and daughter attends Samantha Mumba's 21st Birthday Party on January 26, 2004 at The Four Seasons Hotel, in Dublin, Ireland. (ShowBiz Ireland/Getty Images)
TV Host Gerry Ryan and daughter attends Samantha Mumba's 21st Birthday Party on January 26, 2004 at The Four Seasons Hotel, in Dublin, Ireland. (ShowBiz Ireland/Getty Images)
Gerry Ryan, RTÉ radio and television broadcaster who was 53 years old, was found dead in his apartment in Dublin, Ireland Friday. Ryan was a presenter of multiple TV shows and hosted the popular 'Gerry Ryan Show' on RTÉ 2fm radio channel. Ryan's show was the station's longest-running running one, on the air since 1988.

“When he spoke with people to say he wouldn’t be in today, they obviously expressed concern and asked did he need a doctor or anything like that, but he said no, he was fine, but he wouldn’t be in today,”
RTÉ Radio’s managing director Claire Duignan told The Irish Times.

One of Ryan's friends found his body at 1 p. m. after coming to visit him at his Dublin apartment. Dublin Police officers, known as the Garda, are still investigating for the cause of Ryan's death. Currently, the Garda do not suspect that foul play has been involved.

Gerry was one of the presenters at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, appeared on 'The Late Late show' in 2008, and in the same year published an autobiography called: 'Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up,' which sold over ten thousand copies in Ireland.

After 26 years of marriage, Ryan divorced his wife in 2008. He leaves her behind along with their five children. The RTÉ radio crew said they will broadcast a tribute Gerry Ryan this Saturday, May 1st, on 2fm between 10AM and 12PM Greenwich Mean Time.