STAR’S SECRET STRUGGLE Steve Wright’s brother speaks out on BBC star’s cause of death and says radio icon fought a hidden health battle

 Steve Wright's brother has spoken out on the radio star's cause of death and claimed he was fighting a secret health battle.

The veteran radio presenter died at the age of 69 and was found dead in his London flat on Monday.

Police and paramedics attended a flat in the Marylebone area of central London on Monday morning.

But police said Steve's death was "not being treated as suspicious" after he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her heartbroken brother Laurence Wright, 65, has now blamed the BBC star's death on his poor diet, reports MailOnline.

Lawrence says that Steve's tendency to eat out at restaurants and his reluctance to talk about various "health issues" were the main reasons for his shock death.

Lawrence, a company director in the health industry, said: "He knew he could have taken better care of himself in his lifestyle choices. Obviously we all wish he would have done that."

"It's like a person who doesn't take care of himself for a long time."

His heartbroken brother said Steve was a "steady" man who didn't complain and kept his family in the dark about his health.

Lawrence said: "The usual things – diet, nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress – he was a very laid-back guy, so if something was wrong with him and he had to get some treatment or go to the doctors, he would be able to handle it. Will not talk about.

“He was the kind of guy who just carried on, took care of it, didn't talk about it, didn't make a big deal, that kind of carefree attitude.

“He was just like – it probably didn't really help, because he didn't have help or he didn't necessarily get advice.”

Celebrity publicist Gary Farrow told The Sun that his friend of 40 years was "devastated" after losing his hugely popular Radio 2 slot two years ago.

However, Gary said his friend had no real medical issues to speak of.

But he acknowledged that Steve's diet could have been better.

He exclusively told The Sun: “As far as I know, he had no real medical problems – he was always taking vitamins and popping pills.

"Sure, he didn't really eat broccoli and he liked McDonald's, but he was a character the likes of which I don't think we'll see again."

Gary criticized BBC bosses for considering Steve "too old", saying there was no one more "present" than him.

He told how his "painfully shy" friend "needed a hand on the shoulder" from his bosses - but he never got it.

"He was Mr. Showbiz. He was the first to discuss and champion new books, movies, records and TV shows, and was very progressive in that regard.

“So how the BBC could decide it was 'too old' or not current enough is a joke.

"Nobody was more current or active than Steve. Nobody was more relevant."

It was also claimed that he "died of a broken heart" after being left by the BBC.

The veteran disc jockey presented the afternoon show on Radio 1 for 12 years and Radio 2 for 23 years.

His last show was on Sunday, as he pre-recorded a Valentine's Day special of his love song program.

There, Wright shared his favorite romantic tunes.

The legend concluded by saying during the show: “I'll be back next Sunday for more love songs.

“Then ta-ta.”

Helen Thomas, the head of Radio 2, said this afternoon her Sunday Love Song show had "brought joy to millions of listeners".

Friend Anthony James shared what is believed to be Wright's last photo – a selfie the pair took together.

James said, "I'm thinking about my dear friend Steve. We took this photo 4 weeks ago in New York."

"We were trying to take an 'ironic selfie,' as he said. He loved life and radio very much. I miss him."

Steve was best known for presenting Steve Wright in the Afternoon and presenting Top of the Pops.

"It is with deep sadness and deep regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright," Wright's family said in a statement Tuesday.

“In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve is survived by his brother, Laurence, and his father, Richard.

“Also, the much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of dedicated radio listeners, who have had the privilege and great pleasure of including Steve in their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities.

"As we all mourn, the family requests privacy at this extremely difficult time."

Chris Evans, who was also a stalwart on Radio 1 and 2 for many years before joining Virgin Radio, said that Wright was to go in the afternoon and Sir Terry Wogan was to do breakfast.

Wake Up to Wogan ran from 1993 to 2009 on Radio 2 and was the most listened to radio show in the UK.

"Oh my God. What such sad news," Evans wrote on Instagram.

"It goes without saying that Steve was the soundtrack to millions of our afternoons over the decades."

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