Doug Banks, a longtime radio host and TV personality, has sadly died. He was 57-years-old.
Doug passed away on Monday, April 11 in his Florida home from complications related to diabetes and kidney failure, the late star’s friend Marv Dyson confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.
Doug in January 2004.
“He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known,” Dyson told the newspaper. “The money and the fame never changed him one iota. And he had that special gift of making every listener feel like he was only taking to them. On the air and off the air, he was always just a normal guy.”
Doug first began his showbiz career at age 16 in the mid-1970s in Detroit. He later moved to Chicago and was named host of the nationally syndicated program The Doug Banks Radio Show in 2008.
So sad to hear of the passing of #DougBanks He was such a sweet, considerate man & always very supportive. Truly will be missed. RIP
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 11, 2016
Following Doug’s passing, stars including Gabrielle Union took to Twitter to mourn the loss of the famed radio personality. “So sad to hear of the passing of #DougBanks. He was such a sweet, considerate man and [was] always very supportive. Truly will be missed. RIP,” the actress wrote.
Doug is survived by his wife, Wendy Banks, three daughters and son. Our thoughts are with the Banks family during this difficult time.