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Veteran journalist and broadcaster Denis Smith dies

Smith worked at Talk Radio 702 for many years and had a loyal following.

Denis Smith. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Retired journalist and broadcaster Denis Smith died on Wednesday.

Smith had been ill for some time having had two strokes, and was also suffering from skin cancer.

Long-time friend and former colleague Ian Crewe says it's a sad end to an illustrious career in South African commercial radio, and the country's theatre world.

Smith arrived in Johannesburg from Kenya roughly around the time other former Kenyans such as Michael McCabe and Joan Forbes did.

He anchored Springbok Radio's 'The World at 7pm' when the SABC's Commercial Service decided to include news in its programming.

In drama, Smith played many roles in many productions including an adaptation of The Caine Mutiny (with Michael Mayer) in which he played an American character.

Smith also presented a weekly five-minute series, Living Like Animals, which explored through humour, modern day life in South Africa.

He also worked at Talk Radio 702 for many years and had a loyal following.

Crewe says he was an amazing talent.

"He was a remarkable broadcaster. At one stage the highest paid broadcaster in the country. He was a very good actor and had a very good commercial voice. Rest in peace Denis, in the great big studio in the sky."