Radio and TV personality Doug Banks has passed away from complications with diabetes at the age of 57.
Banks was a well-known host with stints at several stations, including Chicago’s V103, WGCI, and ABC7’s “190 North.”
After kicking off his career at his high school radio station in Detroit, Michigan, Banks went on to host radio shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and finally Chicago. The legendary radio man became a nationwide success when ABC Radio Network offered him a syndicated show.
Following word of Banks’ passing, V103 Chicago took to Facebook to share the following message, “With a heavy heart, we share the news with you that Doug Banks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Rest in peace our good friend, you will be greatly missed.”
With a heavy heart, we share the news with you that Doug Banks has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his…Posted by V103 Chicago on Monday, April 11, 2016
Several celebs have taken to social media to send their condolences as well.
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
In 30 years…there was never a time that Doug Banks didn’t have me on his show when I needed it#RIPDougBanks pic.twitter.com/QdsjoUAb3Q— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) April 11, 2016
Fam, #DougBanks was a huge supporter of mine. He often had me on his show to talk about the news happening in our community. Man, 57!— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) April 11, 2016
RIP to Radio legend Doug Banks!!!!! https://t.co/64Lh4HFaBy— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 11, 2016
Doug Banks . RIP. 2016 the year the music died. pic.twitter.com/dRreZX5FlB— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2016
DOUG BANKS Radio Legend.— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) April 11, 2016
Rest in Power https://t.co/esp2ViIbOK
Rest in peace, Doug Banks. A true radio legend. You will be missed.— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) April 11, 2016
#DougBanks, a talented brother,longtime friend & community servant. The voice of hope, joy & info has left us. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VW7brEWrfA— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) April 11, 2016
“With the passing of Doug Banks, Chicago has lost one of our most iconic radio voices.” pic.twitter.com/omz0gE13st— ChicagosMayor (@ChicagosMayor) April 11, 2016
Rest in peace, Doug.