Former RTE broadcaster Derek Davis has died.

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Derek Davis
Derek Davis

Former RTE host Derek Davis has died.

The broadcasted was last night rushed to hospital following a health scare.

Reports indicate that the former Live At Three presenter (67) had taken a turn yesterday.

The retired broadcaster is suspected of having suffered a stroke.

The retired broadcaster had recently spoken of how he had lost five stone following a gastric band procedure. 

Tributes to Davis have flooded in on social media, from fans and colleagues.

Noel Curran, Director-General, RTÉ, said: “Derek Davis was a hugely popular man, both with audiences and with his colleagues in RTÉ. He was one of the first presenters I worked with as a television director and he was always generous with his time and advice, then and after. He was full of humour and warmth and was one of the most versatile presenters RTÉ has seen. But at heart he was always a journalist, and he brought that inquisitive sense of journalism to everything he did. From Live at Three to the Rose of Tralee, from Liveline to regional reports on the 2007 General Election for Drivetime, Derek Davis’s popular approach was always rooted in that strong journalism, which had marked his earlier years as a reporter and newsreader. He will be fondly remembered as part of the first two-hander news presentations with Anne Doyle, as well as his long-lasting pairing with Thelma Mansfield, just two of the many highlights in a long and distinguished career. I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Derek’s wife, his three sons, his extended family, and former colleagues.”

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney TD has also expressed his sadness at the passing of Derek Davis; ‘Derek was a big personality, a passionate and talented communicator on both food and marine issues. His love for the sea was so evident whenever I met him. Derek was a much loved figure in so many Irish homes for the connections he created over a lifetime of broadcasting. 
‘He will be missed by so many. I’d like to offer my condolences to his family and many friends.’