BBC presenter Nick Sheridan dies aged 32

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BBC Radio Scotland presenter Nick Sheridan has died aged 32, the broadcaster has announced.

Confirming his death, head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland Gary Smith paid tribute to him, calling him “wonderful” and “hugely talented”.

He wrote on X: “We’re devastated to hear news our colleague and friend, Nick Sheridan, has died.

“Nick has been a wonderful colleague. He was a hugely talented journalist, presenter and author – and one of those rare people who light up the lives of everyone around them.

“Funny, clever, kind. A lovely man.

“Our hearts go out to his parents, to his partner and to all his family and friends.”

First Minister Humza Yousaf paid tribute to Sheridan as he started his weekly question session in the Scottish Parliament chamber, describing him as an “extremely talented journalist and author”.

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Mr Yousaf said: “He will be greatly missed. Many of us in this chamber will have been questioned by Nick – quite robustly no doubt – whether it was on BBC Drivetime or on many of the other programmes that he presented.

“My thoughts are with his family, his many friends and indeed his colleagues. It will undoubtedly be a very sad time for them.”

Responding to news of his death, podcaster and presenter Janice Forsyth wrote on X: “Oh dear god, what awful news. Nick was an absolute diamond. It’s going to take a long time for this to sink in. Sending all my love to Nick’s partner, friends and family.”

Midlands correspondent for RTE Sinead Hussey wrote: “Desperately sad news. Nick stood out with his talent and abilities. Above all though, he was a really lovely person who always had a smile on his face. Thinking of his family, friends and colleagues.”

While RTE news and sports presenter Paul O’Flynn also paid tribute, writing: “I’m so shocked and saddened to see this. Nick was a supremely talented student in DCU and later a great colleague in RTE. Such a talented broadcaster and a really lovely guy.”

First joining the BBC as a camera journalist in 2018, Sheridan then became a consumer affairs correspondent for BBC Scotland in 2020.

The following year he progressed to news presenter, and also lectured in journalism at the University Of West Scotland.

He’d previously worked as a broadcast journalist at STV, as well as at RTE News as a presenter, reporter and foreign desk reporter.

Sheridan’s first roles after leaving Dublin University, where he studied journalism, had been as a newsreader at Newstalk and a researcher at Late Lunch Live.

He’d also written three books, one on journalism and two children’s books.

Sheridan’s cause of death has not been announced.

Born in Wexford in Ireland, Sheridan had moved to Glasgow in 2017, and had been working in broadcast journalism for over ten years.

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