RENATO CASTELLO, Adelaide\PETER ROLFE and DAVID HASTIE in Melbourne
December 06, 2008 09:30pm
TRIBUTES have poured in for former Sunday Mail columnist, radio anchor and writer Richard Marsland who died suddenly today. He was aged just 32.
The entertainer - who started his radio career on SA-FM alongside comedian Greg Fleet and Footy Show host James Brayshaw - was found dead in his car at Ship Rocks Falls at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria.
His death was understood not to be suspicious.
Marsland, whose parents live north of Adelaide, was working in Melbourne as co-host and anchor of Triple M's radio breakfast show alongside Peter Helliar and Myf Warhurst.
Adelaide TV personality Anne Wills co-hosted Seven's AM Adelaide with Marsland for six months before the show was axed in 2003.
She said she was "shocked" by his death and said his passing would leave a "huge hole" in her life.
"I never worked with someone who made me belly laugh so much," the multi-logie winning entertainer said.
"I think the entertainment industry in Australia has lost a great talent.
"The minute I worked with him I thought `What an absolute talent', he reminded me of a young Ernie Sigley.
"I for one will miss him dreadfully and I can't believe I won't see his silly smiling face."
Marsland wrote for the Sunday Mail's Mail Men column and worked alongside some of modern radio's brightest stars including Mick Molloy, Tony Martin, Fifi Box and Hamish and Andy.
FiveAA radio presenter Amanda Blair said Marsland was not only a ``comedic genius'' but the ``nicest man in radio''.
``There was not one person who said an ill word about Richard," said Blair who worked with Marsland at SA-FM for more than five years.
"Everyone is shattered, he's just a wonderful human being it's such a waste. I can't think of enough words to say how much we loved him."
Marsland's talents were in demand across the entertainment industry and he wrote for Channel 10's Rove Live and ABC's The Glass House and Shaun Micaleff's SBS program Newstopia.
Helliar, on behalf of the Pete and Myf breakfast team, said: "Richard was a great writer, a great performer and a great friend.
"It is heartbreaking to think that we won't see him again and we can only begin to imagine how hard this must be for his family."
Austereo Melbourne general manager Ben Amarfio expressed the station's sadness.
"Richard was an incredibly talented and popular member of the Triple M team," he said.
"He has been an integral part of the company for much of his career.
"Everyone he worked with was impressed with his professionalism and dedication and he had an extremely bright future ahead of him.
"We thought so highly of Richard that we were expanding his role in the show next year."
"Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time."
I... don't know what to say...
RIP Richard. He will be missed.