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Mourners pay tribute to radio rebel Kevin Black

Published: 7:56AM Monday February 25, 2013 Source: ONE News

Hundreds gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of broadcaster Kevin Black at his funeral in Auckland this afternoon.

The 69-year-old died suddenly at his Auckland home last week, just days before his 70th birthday, after a suspected heart attack.

Family, friends and well-known radio personalities attended the service at St Patrick's Cathedral in Auckland city.

Monsignor Bernard Kiely told the congregation they were there to celebrate "the life and legacy of a truly remarkable man".

Black was once the highest paid private radio DJ in the country before retiring in 2009.

He spent more than 30 years behind the decks at a number of stations including Hauraki, ZM, Newstalk ZB, Solid Gold and the Sound.

He left Hauraki, which he was perhaps most famously remembered for, to start his own station - 89FM - in the 1980s.

Industry accolades included recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Radio at the 2000 NZ Radio Awards, and the special award for Services to Broadcasting in 2010.

- with Newstalk ZB