Irish Broadcaster Gay Byrne Dies at 85

By Reuters

Ireland’s best-known television personality Gay Byrne, who hosted “The Late Late Show” for almost 40 years, died aged 85 on Monday, Nov. 4.

Byrne died after being ill for some time, RTE announced, quoting a statement from his family.

He remained a broadcaster on RTE radio and television on a less regular basis until 2016.

News of Byrne’s death dominated Irish radio on Monday as fellow presenter’s ripped up their running orders, and posts referring to the broadcaster, who strongly considered running for the presidency in 2011, represented seven of the eight top trending Twitter topics in Ireland.

Kathleen Watkins and Gay Byrne
Kathleen Watkins and Gay Byrne attend the Irish Film And Television Awards 2005 at the RDS in Dublin, Ireland on Nov. 5, 2005. (Showbiz Ireland/Getty Images)