It is with deep regret that we share the news of the death of a former much-loved LGR presenter.
Chrys Chrysanthou sadly passed away on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 at the age of 68.
As a former radio presenter and producer for London Greek Radio for more than 20 years, he was a much-loved and professional broadcaster.
As a presenter during LGR’s pirate years from 1985, Chrys continued on the airwaves well into LGR’s legitimacy as a station, up until 2006 when he decided to undertake other ventures.
He was renowned for shows which were always well-prepared and researched, valuing the importance of quality Greek music, including Laiko-Entehno and alternative styles particularly being played during his shows.
As a well-known member of the community, Chrys was a respected journalist and photographer for the Vema, Parikiaki and Nea newspapers, as well as being an LGR broadcaster.
Many couples requested Chrys to be their official wedding photographer and he also took professional photos at Christenings and other functions. He also photographed and interviewed worldwide superstars including, Muhammad Ali, Julie Andrews, Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, Omar Sharif, Vincent Price, Oliver Reed and Lee Marvin.
In the world of music, Chrys also interviewed and photographed The Bee Gees, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Cliff Richard, Marc Bolan, The Who, Ringo Starr, Art Garfunkel, David Essex, Mikis Theodorakis, Cat Stevens, Michael Jackson, Tom Jones, Demis Roussos, Diana Ross, David Bowie, George Michael, Nana Mouskouri and Neil Diamond.
He even took photos of members of the Royal family such as the prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne.
Chrys was born in Famagusta and his parents were from the village of Komi Kebir.
After attending Gymnasium Ammochostos, he came to London where he studied at the London School of Journalism and Barnet and Southgate College, where he specialised in Graphic Design.
Thereafter, Chrys moved to Los Angeles, France and Greece before moving to Limassol in Cyprus to set up The Chrys Chrysanthou Photo Studio.
He was devoted to helping his family and friends and was loved by everyone in the community.
John Kyriakides, Chairman of London Greek Radio said, “I share the sorrow we all feel at the news of our dear friend’s passing. Chrys was a true gentleman and maintained the highest of standards at LGR. He will be missed by many and I will always have the fondest memories of him.”
Chrys’ legacy lives on through his two sons, Alex and Philip, and his sister Nitsa.
Funeral details were confirmed for Thursday 5th September 2019 at Agia Fyla Church in Limassol, Cyprus.
Everyone at London Greek Radio expresses their deep sorrow at Chrys’ sad passing and express their sincere condolences to family and friends.
Radio Presenter & Producer
London Greek Radio
2 March 1985 to 21 June 2006