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BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter dies from cancer

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Image caption Andy Potter was a regular and popular host of events and charity fundraisers

BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter has died weeks after he announced he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 55-year-old, who had presented the afternoon show since 2010, died at the Royal Derby Hospital early on Sunday.

He first joined the station in 1999 and had also been a regular presenter of the Saturday breakfast, Sunday mid-morning and Sunday afternoon shows.

His family praised his "tremendous" courage in fighting the disease.

Image caption Andy Potter said his job had given him a chance to meet "some great people"

In the statement, they said: "He has taken each day as it came and dealt with everything that has been thrown at him."

The family said they will "miss him everyday" and thanked all his well-wishers for their support over the past month.

"People's love for him, the beautiful words and unbelievable kindness that we have witnessed is beyond words and will not be forgotten," it read.

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Image caption Andy Potter with Hairy Biker Dave Myers

Simon Cornes, the station's editor, said he would be "deeply missed".

He said: "Andy is going to be deeply missed by all his friends at Radio Derby as well as the thousands of listeners who regularly tuned into his programmes.

"He's been a big part of the station for many years and it's hard to imagine the place without him.

"Andy was a Derby man through and through and a great champion of the city's arts scene."

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Image caption Derbyshire-born actor Sean Mckenzie tweeted Mr Potter was "a great man"

Listeners, friends and colleagues have been paying tribute to a "very special man".

Olympian and Commonwealth Games swimming champion Ross Davenport tweeted his "shock".

Former Derby County football player Shaun Barker tweeted: "Lovely guy that would always come to say hello."

Derbyshire-born actor Sean Mckenzie tweeted: "A great man - wonderful at his job and a champion of the arts. You will be sorely missed. #AndyPotter."

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Media captionBBC's Andy Potter reveals terminal cancer diagnosis

The news follows the death of fellow BBC Radio Derby presenter Colin Bloomfield who died from skin cancer in 2015.

The broadcaster announced he had cancer in his bowel, liver and kidneys and only had months to live on Radio Derby's breakfast show, on 26 January.

He had been grateful he had got to do a job he "truly loved", he said on the day.

Listen to a special tribute programme to Andy Potter at 13:00 GMT on BBC Radio Derby.

Image caption Andy Potter met TV comedians Hale and Pace
Image caption Andy Potter with the stars of a Derby pantomime cast including Larry Lamb (left)

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