Vale: Aussie broadcaster John ‘Hoody’ Hood
It’s been a distressing few weeks watching the coronavirus pandemic take its toll on communities here in Australia and around the world.
Heartbreakingly, the radio industry has not been immune to the unfolding tragedy with the death of the incomparable John Hood, 66, in the United Kingdom.
The former 3XY and EON FM broadcaster was hospitalized with COVID-19 on March 20 before passing away just four days later.
Hoody also worked at KAFM, K rock and Bay FM before making the move to the UK in 2004, where he worked at BBC Radio Suffolk.
After leaving The Beeb, John took up a role with Suffolk Constabulary as a community support officer. He earned a Stars of Suffolk Award in 2016 after rescuing four teenage girls, pulling ashore their raft that had begun to drift out to sea.
His ex-partner Jayne Lindill told the BBC he was “quite a guy” and that his family and friends were “heartbroken” by his death.
Hoody’s former radio colleagues in Australia have also been devastated by his death.
Vale John Hood. A good guy and a great broadcaster.