This is absolutely heartbreaking! Beloved Chicago radio personality Doug Banks passed away on April 11 following complications related to his diabetes. Having been a staple on the Chicago airwaves for decades, the news is devastating to the community. Here’s what we know.
Say it ain’t so! Famed Chicago radio personality Doug Banks died on April 11 due to complications related to diabetes. The beloved DJ was just 57 at the time of his passing, and has left a terrible void in the hearts of Chicagoan citizens and fans around the world. We have the tragic details, right here.
ABC7, for which Doug was a contributor on the show 190 North, shared the heartbreaking news on April 11 that the world had lost an amazing man and a fantastic radio personality. They reported that Doug had died at the young age of 57 due to complications related to his struggle with diabetes and kidney failure. He leaves behind his wife Wendy, plus his four children.
The entire Chicago community is devastated by the news, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying “Doug’s infectious personality, coupled with his passion and perspective on the air brought joy to countless Chicagoans and left an indelible impact on our city. The thoughts of the entire City of Chicago are with Doug’s family, friends, and legions of devoted listeners during this difficult time.”
Recent interview from 2015. Still can't believe it. His voice takes me back to BMX and GCI. https://t.co/BOxf17ggvS
— Michelle Rangel (@fimi82) April 11, 2016
“We lost our radio brother today, a friend of all of ours, not just a great radio man but a great man, Doug Banks,” said Doug’s fellow V103 radio host Joe Soto. “Doug Banks was definitely one of my mentors, one of the guys who showed me how radio should be done. He did it right.” The DJ has been a staple on several radio stations for decades, beginning in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 80’s. America will certainly miss Doug.
HollywoodLifers – send your best wishes to Doug’s family and friends, here.