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Vicki Archer: Tributes paid to 'kind, generous' BBC radio presenter 'with a huge heart' after death aged 41

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 08/08/2018 Tom Powell

Tributes have poured in for a BBC radio presenter who was found dead at home aged 41.

Vicki Archer, who co-hosted the drivetime show on BBC Shropshire, has been described as an “inspiration” and a “mentor”.

Adam Green, her co-presenter of eight years, said he was “sad and numb” after learning of her death on Tuesday.

“Vicki was a lovely human being with a big heart,” he said. “She was kind, generous, creative, warm and friendly to all she met.

“In the 8 years I have worked with her there wasn't a day when we didn't laugh out loud.”

Many other colleagues and friends also posted emotional tributes to the mother, who tweeted to say her children were away on holiday shortly before her death.

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Vicki Archer with her co-presenter Adam Green (BBC)

Alex Seftel, a former colleague at BBC Shropshire wrote: “When I think of Vicki Archer, I think of an inspiration, a mentor, a friend with a huge heart and boundless energy.”

“She brightened so many of my days, made me excited about waking up to go to work and made me feel at ease in nervy broadcasting situations as a rookie journalist.”

Another ex-colleague, Tony Lewis wrote: “Not only was she great radio host but she was such a lively, fun & professional person.”

James Masterson added: “Vicki was one of those rare people who exuded charm and affection in a manner which was quite effortless.”

Lucy Allan, the MP for Telford, tweeted: “Very sad news. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends - may she rest in peace.”

Presenter Eric Smith announced Ms Archer’s death on air on Tuesday, describing her as a “much-loved colleague” with a “wonderful sense of fun”.

In a statement Ms Archer’s family said: “Vicki was a much loved daughter and mother as well as being an extremely talented broadcaster.

“We are still coming to terms with her tragic loss so would ask that people respect our privacy and leave us alone to grieve as a family."

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