In The News

Broadcaster Ray Gosling passes away

Broadcaster Ray Gosling passes away

THE broadcaster and journalist Ray Gosling has passed away at the age of 74.

During his career, Mr. Gosling, who was also a gay rights activist, became well known as a documentary presenter on television. He also worked extensively on radio. 

His programmes for television covered such subjects as statues, windmills and even gnomes (see below). Some of his documentaries turned the spotlight on his own life — in one of his last shows he discussed old age and his views on death, including giving viewers a preview of music which had been composed for his own funeral (see below).

He had started out as a youth worker in Nottingham before turning to broadcasting and journalism. In recent years he had been a regular contributor to the BBC’s Out East Midlands.

During one show in 2010, Mr. Gosling claimed he had killed a former lover who had been dying of AIDS. He said he had smothered the man (see below). However, after being arrested and questioned by police on suspicion of murder he was charged with wasting police time after detectives decided the claim had been false. He was convicted and given a 90-day suspended sentence.

Mr. Gosling passed away at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

To see an excerpt from Mr. Gosling’s show on gnomes, click here.

To view footage of Mr. Gosling giving his views on funerals, click here.

To see footage of Mr. Gosling’s so-called confession, click here.

View previous In the News items: Immunologist William Pollack passes away, Oldest person in UK passes away, Tributes are paid to former rugby star Steve Prescott, Hundreds attend the funeral of Eddie McGrady, Hundreds attend funeral of former RAF man, Former broadcaster John Cole passes away, Tributes are paid to pianist Bernard Roberts, Scottish singer Jack Alexander passes away, Jazz musician Frank Wess passes away, Actor Graham Stark passes away, Memorial is unveiled to hero priest, Actress Marcia Wallace passes away, Tributes are paid to Augusto Odone, Tributes are paid to jazzman Tommy Whittle, Singer Noel Harrison passes away, Former US politician Tom Foley passes away, Tributes are paid to actor Kumar Pallana, Character actor Ed Lauter passes away, Chemist Malcolm Renfrew passes away, Campaigner for child proof packaging passes away, Writer Oscar Hijuelos passes away, Former astronaut Scott Carpenter passes away, Veteran actor Paul Rogers passes away, Former Aussie criminal Chopper Read passes away, Tributes are paid to chemist Ruth Benerito, Photojournalist Bill Eppridge passes away, Tributes are paid to author Tom Clancy, Wolves football legend Peter Broadbent passes away, Tributes are paid to Australian author CJ Koch, Actress Jane Connell passes away, Photographer Harry Goodwin passes away, Tributes are paid to singer songwriter Jackie Lomax, Former car company chief Eiji Toyoda passes away, Tributes are paid to singer Joan Regan, Audio engineer Ray Dolby passes away, Tributes are paid to Susan Fitzgerald, Cancer remains the number one killer, Appeal to find grave in China, Broadcaster David Jacobs passes away, Funeral takes place of poet Seamus Heaney, Tributes are paid to broadcasting legend Sir David Frost, Former rugby international Cliff Morgan passes away, Tributes are paid to comedian Mike Winters, Actress Julie Harris passes away, Furniture designer Charles Pollock passes away, Tributes are paid to actor Lee Thompson Young, Dispute over burial plans for King Richard III continues, Rugby centre to be named after tragic young star, Tributes are paid to stuntman Mark Sutton, Drummer Jon Brookes passes away, Singer Eydie Gorme passes away or Tributes are paid to actress Karen Black

If you have a relative or a friend who has passed away and feel they should be mentioned in our In the News section, then please email us.