Legendary broadcaster, DJ and music presenter, Annie Nightingale has died.

The trailblazing British television presenter passed away at her home in London on January 11, with a statement from her family saying: “Annie passed away after a short illness. She was a pioneer, trailblazer and an inspiration to many.

“Her impulse to share that enthusiasm with audiences remained undimmed after six decades of broadcasting on BBC TV and radio globally. Never underestimate the role model she became.

“Breaking down doors by refusing to bow down to sexual prejudice and male fear gave encouragement to generations of young women who, like Annie, only wanted to tell you about an amazing tune they had just heard.” It continued: “Watching Annie do this on television in the 1970’s, most famously as a presenter on the BBC music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test', or hearing her play the latest breakbeat techno on Radio One is testimony to someone who never stopped believing in the magic of rock ‘n’ roll.

“A celebration of her life will take place in the Spring at a Memorial Service.”

A pioneering icon of the music scene in the UK and beyond, Annie was 83.