Media Personality, Dan Foster Dies Of COVID-19
Popular Nigerian-based American radio personality, Dan Foster, has died.
His wife Lovina, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Wednesday.
According to her, he had run some tests for COVID-19 and the results came back positive on Tuesday.
He died on Wednesday afternoon.
Prior to his death, Foster had worked with numerous radio stations including Cathy Hughes (Radio One) and Mix 106.5, both in America, before moving to Nigeria in the year 2000 where he joined Cool FM.
Shortly after, he became popular with Nigerian listeners and a year later, he received an award for Best Radio Presenter of the year.
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He also won the Nigeria Media Merit Awards for ‘Best Radio Personality’ in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
In 2007, Foster was a judge on the one-off Idols West Africa series, alongside Nigerian Dede Mabiaku and Ghanaian Abrewa Nana.
He was also a judge on Nigeria’s Got Talent alongside actress Kate Henshaw and comedian Yibo Koko.
Two years after in (September 2009), he left Cool FM for a new radio station, Inspiration FM, but left in 2014 to join City FM.
He made yet another move in May 2016, from City FM 105.1 to Classic FM 97.3 where he then worked until about three months ago.
Until his death, Foster was married to Lovina and they have a son and daughter together.
He is also said to have another son from a previous marriage.
Since the news of his passing broke, tributes have poured in from colleagues, fans and friends.
Many have expressed shock, saying that his voice will be greatly missed over the radio.
Dan Foster’s voice was a huge part of my growing up. His voice on Cool FM. His playfulness. His kindness. Long before I saw what he looked like, his voice communicated his personality in a way no picture needed to. This one is one loss too many. This is a really sad day.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 17, 2020
Oh Dan Foster… you gave me the strength to do this and even more. This is really painful 😣💔
— Do2dtun Energy gAD (@iamDo2dtun) June 17, 2020
Oh Mr Dan Foster! This is incredibly sad. Your family. Your children! May God grant them peace. Rest well!
— Maria Okan (@MariaOkan) June 17, 2020
Men who create safe spaces for me to work are men I hold in high esteem forever.
Dan Foster was one of them.
He made sure he protected me in the ways he could, a man.
— M (@melody_hassan) June 17, 2020
I DONT THINK YOU UNDERSTAND! DAN FOSTER “CREATED” THE SUPERSTAR CELEBRITY STATUS FOR RADIO PERSONALITIES IN NIGERIA. REST IN PEACE LEGEND!
— Shola Thompson (@SholaThompson) June 17, 2020