Paul O’Grady was heartbreakingly planning radio return day before his death

Paul O'Grady was planning his return to the studio to continue on his radio show the day before his death, it has been revealed.

The TV icon and chat show host was intending to get back to work and held a meeting with BOOM radio bosses before he "unexpectedly" passed away.

The death of the For The Love Of Dogs presenter, who became an entertainment icon throughout his career on television, was sadly announced on Wednesday.

Just the day before, the 67 year old had a meeting with the production team from the hit station to discuss his return over Easter.

Paul fronted his own BBC Radio 2 show for 14 years but announced last August that he would be leaving the broadcaster.

Fans were overjoyed when he recently announced that he would be fronting a brand new programme on BOOM Radio, which was due to air in just over a week's time.

Programme director David Lloyd told Sky News that the whole team were excited for Paul's return to the airwaves, and he was "really looking forward to it" too.

“It’s come as such a shock, our team were working on his Easter programme," he said.

“I got an email last night from one of them saying: ‘We’ve just spoken to Paul, he’s really looking forward to it.'

"'He's in really good form.' This was yesterday and they were due to continue that work today."

Fans around the country have been mourning the loss of Paul, who was also known for his incredible persona as drag queen Lily Savage.

The star's husband, Andre Portasio, released a statement confirming the sad news that Paul had died on 29 March.

"It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening," it read.

"He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.

"I know that he would want me to thank you for all the love you have shown him over the years," Andre, who got married to Paul in 2017, added.

It comes as actress Linda Thorson recalled her friend had been "so happy" and "full of life" when she spoke to him just hours before his death.

The Avengers star, who first met the presenter on early-morning show The Big Breakfast, told the Good Morning Britain hosts: “Paul rang me on Tuesday, the day before yesterday, at three o’clock and we spoke for an hour.

"It must be one of the best conversations we’ve ever had.”


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