Former Piccadilly Key 103 radio DJ Stu Allan has died

Stu Allan, a well-known DJ in the northwest of England and presenter on Piccadilly Radio and Key 103 in the 80s and 90s has died.

Stu was diagnosed with cancer a year ago and sad news of his death was announced on his Facebook and Twitter accounts on Thursday evening.

The message from his family said: “It is with much sadness that we write this message to let you know that Stu has passed away today.

“As you know, he has been ill for a while now, and has been battling cancer for almost a year. While we’re so sad he is no longer with us, we are relieved he is finally at peace, after his illness.

“We will be holding a memorial event in Stu’s memory sometime soon, where we can all celebrate his amazing life. But for now Alison, Paul, Gary and Stu’s family need time to come to terms with their loss.”

Friend and former northwest radio colleague Andy Roberts paid tribute: “Growing up in the NWest everyone listened to Stu Allan on Key103. The thumping soundtrack to your mates car, the beat of the school common room and his mixtapes/radio show CDRs you’d swap with pals. He did mixes for me on Kiss in the early 2000s & was the nicest guy. RIP Stu.”

KISS DJ Anton Powers also wrote: “Absolutely gutted about the passing of Stu Allan. He was my inspiration to be a DJ. I got fake ID when I was 15 to see him play & I listened to his Key 103 shows religiously. They say never meet you heroes but with Stu that wasn’t true. RIP Stu and thoughts with your family x.”

Liverpool DJ Lee Butler adds: “So sad to hear of the passing of Stu Allan – RIP x. Not only a huge inspiration to so many but one of the most humble lovely guys you will ever meet. A real genuine pioneer of the scene and i’m so humbled to have shared the decks with you many times over the years Stu xx.”

Many more tributes are being paid on social media, and we’ve copied just some of them below.