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BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Potter dies from cancer

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 has 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.

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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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.”

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 told listeners that morning: “I really don’t know how to deal with it, when someone tells you this is the end of your life.

“I even told the consultant ‘I suppose I have had better days’.”

He added he had been grateful he had got to do a job he “truly loved”.

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