A British radio host was found murdered at his Lebanon home in the town of Beit Mery, just outside the capital Beirut, where he had lived for more than two decades, local media reported.
Gavin Ford was very popular, having been hosting a morning show on Radio One, marked by “high-energy and humour”, according to The Independent.
He had joined Radio One in 1996 and had legions of followers.
Ford’s body was found on Tuesday morning and the police told local media that he was murdered.
A spokesperson at the British embassy in Lebanon told The Independent: “We are in contact with the Lebanese authorities following reports of the death of a British man in Beirut, and our staff are providing assistance to his family”.
"The thoughts of all at the embassy are with his family, friends and colleagues at this terribly difficult time," he wrote on Twitter.
Radio One, the station where Ford worked, confirmed the death in an announcement on its Facebook page.
"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gavin Ford. The management and team express our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace," the statement said.
His fans took to the social media to express their shock and grief. Many wrote that “their mornings will never be same again.”