Steve Wright cause of death update 3 months after tragic end with no funeral held

Steve Wright
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Three months after his tragic passing, further details of BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright's cause of death have been revealed.

The radio superstar, whose career extended over an impressive five decades, tragically passed away at age 69 in February, generating a sea of tributes from fans and colleagues alike.

Steve sadly died in his flat in Marylebone, London, with Metropolitan Police declaring the death as “unexpected, but is not being treated as suspicious.” Fans and celebrities were devastated at the news.

It has now been disclosed that no inquest will be conducted, with the latest news from Westminster Register Office that his death is yet to be registered. In typical instances, a death should be registered within five days, inclusive of weekends and bank holidays, as per gov.uk guidelines.

Following registration, either a 'certificate for burial' or an 'application for cremation' must be issued before funeral arrangements can occur. However, earlier this month, the court stated: "An inquest will not be required for Mr Wright."

"The coroner has now discontinued this case," reports the Mirror. Steve's funeral has yet to take place.

A Coroner generally probes sudden, violent or unnatural deaths like accidents or suicides. They hold power in deciding whether there are reasons for an inquest even in cases of natural death, as when neglect is suspected, or if the deceased was under police custody or incarcerated at the time of their passing.

Steve's family released a heartfelt statement in February, sharing their immense grief: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright. In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard."

Steve pictured in 1979
Steve pictured in 1979

They continued, "Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities. As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

In a touching tribute to Steve's legacy, Michael Ball has been named the new host of the Sunday love songs programme on BBC Radio 2, a slot Steve famously filled with warmth and charm. The show has been aptly renamed Love Songs With Michael Ball.

Steve, who was honoured with an MBE for his services to radio in the 2024 New Year Honours, began his illustrious career with the BBC back in 1980.

Gary Davies opened up to The Mirror about the emotional impact of losing his colleague and friend, Steve Wright. He temporarily took over Steve's Pick of the Pops following the shocking news.

Speaking to The Mirror about his feelings stepping into the role, Gary said: "Emotional. I love Pick of the Pops. I've loved Pick of the Pops ever since my old colleague, Alan Freeman used to do it back in the eighties. It's an iconic programme. It's an absolute pleasure to do Pick of the Pops and for the short time that I'm doing it. But obviously, the reason for me doing it is not great at all, you know? I wish I wasn't having to do it at the moment and I wish it was still Steve."