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Radio Shropshire DJ Vicki Archer dies aged 41
Ms Archer, who had a 20-year association with the BBC radio station, presented the afternoon drivetime show with co-host Adam Green.
Shocked colleagues today paid tribute to the 41-year-old mother, describing her as a respected presenter who brought a a sense of fun to her shows.
The news was announced by presenter Eric Smith this afternoon. He said thoughts were with the family of Ms Archer, who had young children.
Mr Smith told listeners: “Our much loved colleague, Vicki Archer, who has been part of your afternoons for many years, has died suddenly.
“She has been a part of this radio station for more than 20 years, a great presenter, great broadcaster who bought a wonderful sense of fun to her shows and behind the scenes in the newsroom.”
“In the eight years I have worked with her there wasnt a day when we didnt laugh out loud. My thoughts are with her beautiful children and family.”
We are shocked and saddened to hear that Vicki Archer has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and with all her colleagues at @BBCShropshire.
David Jennings, the BBCs head of regional programmes for the West Midlands, said: “We are heartbroken at Vickis death.
“Everyone here at Radio Shropshire respected her as a great presenter and journalist, but so much more than that we loved the sense of fun she brought to her shows and the station.
We are devastated to hear about the sad death of our friend Vicki Archer. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and her colleagues at @BBCShropshire at this difficult time pic.twitter.com/dm7XHU2d9p
Ms Archer when to University to do a BA Hons in acting, financing her studies by working at The Pulse radio station, where she was given her first show.
Returning to Radio Shropshire, she had presented the afternoon drivetime show since 2010. She also hosted a number of events, including the NHS Values In Practice Awards.