‘One of Our Most Iconic Radio Voices': Chicago Radio Personality Doug Banks Dies at 57

Chicago radio icon Doug Banks has passed away at the age of 57.

Banks, who spent years as a top radio personality and popular TV host in the city, died Monday at his home in Florida following complications related to diabetes and kidney failure, the Chicago Tribune reports.

 “With a heavy heart our V103 family would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Doug Banks' family and friends,” a post on the website for V103, where Banks hosted his nationally syndicated radio show, read. “Doug, a true radio legend, has passed away today. Doug was an inspiration to many, the “Dan Ryan Head” and a radio icon in Chicago radio for many years. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”

 Banks’ last public appearance took place in Chicago Friday, where he was seen with former co-host Bonnie DeShong.

 “Love you Doug,” DeShong wrote on Facebook Monday. “I am so grateful I got to spend a few, now precious moments with you on Friday. I haven't lost you. Your spirit will forever surround me and you will be in my heart forever.”

 Mayor Rahm Emanuel called Banks “one of our most iconic radio voices.”

 “His was a gifted innovator of urban radio whose talent took him to the very top of his profession as one of America’s top-rated syndicated hosts,” Emanuel said in a statement. “Doug’s infectious personality, coupled with his passion and perspective on the air brought joy to countless Chicagoans and left an indelible impact on our city. The thoughts and prayers of the entire City of Chicago are with Doug’s family, friends, and legions of devoted listeners during this difficult time.”

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