Ewan MacLeod, the Scottish TV star and DJ best known for helping to launch the Beat 106 radio station, has died aged 48.
His death was confirmed by a police spokesperson, who said they were made aware of the sudden death of a 48-year-old man at a property in Bearsden, Glasgow around 10.30am on Thursday (December 17).
“The death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious,” police said (via Daily Record).
The former London talent scout, who moved back to Glasgow to present STV’s Chart Bite music programme during the mid-90s, helped launch the Beat 106 with Rangers football legend Ally McCoist.
He went on to become a music correspondent for the Sunday Mail, and he tried to launch The Scottish Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame museum though despite stars including Annie Lennox and Midge Ure backing the £6 million venture, it failed to secure the necessary funds to move forward.
In 2011, he told the Daily Record he was aiming to create the “ultimate rock ’n’ roll fantasy”.
MacLeod was also a manager for Scotland’s independent record label and publishing company, Influx music.
Scottish singer-songwriter Peter MacLeod paid tribute to Ewan, writing: “RIP Ewan Macleod. Always had lovely things to say to me about my music & would send me positive messages all the time,” he tweeted. “HOLD FAST big man! Love, Pete. x”
RIP Ewan Macleod. Always had lovely things to say to me about my music & would send me positive messages all the time. HOLD FAST big man! Love, Pete. x pic.twitter.com/6IPGwTOSSs
— Pete MacLeod (@PeteMacLeod) December 19, 2020
Other tributes have poured in for MacLeod, including from Donald MacLeod, who owns The Garage and Cathouse nightclubs in Glasgow.
“Ewan was one of Scotland’s glitterati and played that part in full with some of his mad outfits,” he said. “He was a character and if there was an event on he would be there.”
He continued: “He was very much part of the contemporary music scene back in the day. It’s a tragedy and my condolences go out to his family.
“Scottish music’s community at large will miss Ewan. He tried very hard to put Scotland’s music scene on the map.”
See more tributes below:
Received some sad news today of the passing of an old friend Ewan Macleod. Many might know him from his days as a DJ, tv presenter and involvement with Beat 106 (now Capital) Ewan managed my band in the early 2000’s championing our attempts to make it big by securing us some high pic.twitter.com/fvoLqRMGWO
— Chris Wilson (@stickmanchris) December 19, 2020
RIP Ewan Macleod x pic.twitter.com/TZBqiNIWzu
— Richy Muirhead (@richymuirhead) December 19, 2020
Sad to see that Ewan Macleod has passed away I always remember bumping into him in the bottom of the road shop (before it was Londis) and he was so tall and I was tiny and he would chat away. Such a lovely man
— Kirstin 🎀 (@KirstinMackay_) December 19, 2020