In my young days, I was a big fan of local rock DJ Phil
Wright who featured on one on my all-time favourite radio stations, 5FM. He was
like the preacher of rock music for me on the diverse 5FM (or Radio 5 as it was
called back then). So it was with great shock and sadness that I learnt of his
death yesterday. According to reports, he was found dead in his Johannesburg
home. "He has definitely passed on,"a good friend Leon Economides said. He said Wright, 55, was last seen by
friends on Sunday. He felt poorly and went home. Economides said these friends
tried to contact Wright on Monday but could not get hold of him, so they went
to his house on Tuesday, where they heard his dog barking inside. "They
managed to break through the kitchen door and found him in the bathroom."
He said an autopsy still needed to be performed, but it was thought he died due
to a heart attack. On Twitter veteran DJ Alex Jay paid his respects. "Many
yrs (years) ago, angling for a compliment, I asked my wife who had the best
voice on radio. She didn't hesitate. 'It's Phil Wright' RIP Phil." Talk
radio 702 host Ray White tweeted: "Fond memories of Phil Wright during my
days on 5fm. So sorry to hear the news this morning..."