On 25 October 2004, legendary DJ John Peel died suddenly while on holiday in Peru with his wife Sheila.

A constant voice on BBC Radio 1 since 1967, John Peel was more than a radio DJ.

At the age of 65, he had one of the station's youngest audiences for his late night show. Over four decades, he tirelessly promoted new music and his radio sessions offered a launch pad for many bands including Manic Street Preachers, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths and The Undertones to name but a few. His favourite song of all time was 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones.

Peel was born John Ravenscroft in 1939. In the early 1960s, he made a name for himself on US radio and in 1967 joined BBC Radio 1. Over the years he received numerous music industry awards as well as an OBE. 

For him, it was always about the music.

Speaking on the RTÉ programme 'Invitation to Rock' in 1978, he said he wished there were more people going out looking for new bands and exciting music. 

John Peel is survived by his wife Sheila and four grown up children and his legacy to music.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 October 2004. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.