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How did Ray Cordeiro die? ‘Most enduring radio DJ’ with career spanning 70+ years dies at 98

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SHA TIN, HONG KONG: Ray Cordeiro, known as “Uncle Ray”, died on Friday January 13 at the age of 98. He was the longest-serving DJ in the world, with a broadcast career spanning seven decades. Cordeiro died at the Hong Kong Chinese University Medical Center, his funeral committee said on Saturday, January 14. The cause of death was not disclosed, but the committee said that Cordeiro’s friends and family said goodbye to him with a version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

In 2000, Cordeiro earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as most consistent radio DJ, according to the South China Morning Post. The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard made his list of notable interviews and he was even recognized for his contribution by Elvis Presley Enterprises. Cordeiro’s show All the Way with Ray ran for 51 years until his retirement in 2021. In 2022, Cordeiro was honored with Hong Kong’s Silver Bauhinia Star. Other distinguished honors he has received include an MBE awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth in 1987, an Honorary Fellowship from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in 2012, and an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2022. Broadcaster Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) presented Cordeiro with a lifetime achievement award in 1997.

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How did Ray Cordeiro die?

RTHK, where the former DJ worked, reportedly announced: “Former RTHK DJ and Hong Kong ‘Godfather of Music’ Ray Cordeiro passed away on Friday at the age of 98 offering his condolences to his friends and family. He also commended his invaluable lifelong contribution to the broadcast and music industries.”

Saddened by the news, Hong Kong’s Minister for Trade and Economic Development Algernon Yau said in a January 14 press release: “Dr. Cordeiro (Uncle Ray) has made significant contributions to the broadcast industry over the past 70 years and has remained highly regarded in the industry. He was the host of Hong Kong’s longest-running radio show, All the Way with Ray, to great acclaim. i want dr I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Cordeiro for his lifetime of service to the broadcasting industry and my deepest condolences to his family. We will remember him fondly”

Kevin Yeung, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, also expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased in a press release. He said: “Uncle Ray made us appreciate music over many decades with his solid professional skills, broad experience and kind voice. He was a prominent figure in Hong Kong popular culture and our kind senior who made significant contributions to Hong Kong’s music scene. We are saddened by his death and will remember him fondly.”

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