Gavin Ford, a former DJ in Devon and radio presenter in a mountain town near Beirut, was found dead in his apartment, according to a Lebanese official.
The official in question refused to comment on the state of his body, but LBC tv reported that he was strangled and struck on the head. Police are treating it as a murder case.
Ford who was a DJ in Exeter had been living in Lebanon for years and hosted a show on the all-music Radio One station. His death has sparked many fan tributes on social media.
Gavin Ford studied at London’s National Broadcasting School before moving to the Riviera to work at an Italian radio station.
He later worked at DevonAir, Radio Caroline, Contact 94 and Galaxy Radio in Bristol, before moving to Cyprus to work at Napa FM. His last job was with Radio One where he had worked for the last 16 years.
His body was found on Tuesday in his apartment after his colleagues raised an alarm when he failed to turn up in time for his show.
Radio One made the following statement on its Facebook page: “We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear Gavin Ford, a member of our team for many joyful years.”
A spokesperson at the British embassy in Lebanon said: “We are in contact with the Lebanese authorities following reports of the death of a British man in Beirut, and our staff are providing assistance to his family.”