Former veteran Dubai-based presenter Richard Coram passed away in the UK due to Coronavirus and was believed to be aged in his mid-50’s.
Richard Coram passes away
A stalwart in the UAE’s media industry since the ‘80s, Richard Coram’s voice was familiar among residents as he worked for Dubai 92 FM and Channel 33 as a news presenter. He even. Some old-timers may remember him as an emcee for hallmark events in the country and a mainstay on the region’s DJ circuit. Here’s an archive during his days as a broadcaster:
In the later half of his career, Coram established himself as a music promoter bringing massive concerts and gigs to the country including the likes of Elton John and Lionel Richie. Not to mention Michael Jackson, who inked a deal to perform but withdrew in the very end, unfortunately. The last few years saw Richard moving back to the UK and Gibraltar, working as an events organizer.
Wave of tributes for Richard Coram
Richard’s voice and prominence defined the UAE’s media industry for generations and the news of his death came off as a huge shock among long-time residents. A flurry of tributes are being posted on the internet in the wake of his passing, with some calling him the “voice of Dubai,” some who “grew up listening and watching him” in the ‘80s and “he started the true wave and paved the way for so many of us.” Richard is survived by his wife, Padma Coram and his son, Aaryan Coram.
Richard’s death was first confirmed by the Government of Gibraltar, where he formerly worked as an events organizer. Chief Minister Hon Fabian Picardo says his death was “as a result of Covid.” Here’s the entire statement:
“Richard became a friend to many in Gibraltar in the time he collaborated with us on the music festival, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Bocelli event. I have been very sad to hear of his death as a result of Covid. He was a genuinely nice man and very ‘can-do’ at about everything we asked of him. I have written to his son Ayran to express our sincere condolences to all his family and friends.”Chief Minister Hon Fabian Picardo