Man Held Over Greening Deathby Contributor | 01 January 2008
A man in his 50s has been arrested in connection with a police inquiry into the death of radio presenter Kevin Greening.
Scotland Yard said a man was arrested in Wandsworth, south London, on the suspicion of dealing in Class A drugs. He was detained at the address where the popular radio jockey's body was found on Saturday night. He has now been bailed until March.
Previously, the star's agent said Greening had died peacefully in his sleep. The Met stated that the case was being seen as an "unexplained" death but was not being treated as a murder investigation yet.
A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said the Specialist Crime Directorate at Sutton would continue the probe into Greening's death. The unit is normally charged with investigating the capital's most high-profile cases.
Greening was part of the launch line-up of Virgin Radio in 1993 and joined Radio 1 the following year. He co-hosted the station's flagship breakfast show with Zoe Ball from 1997 to 1998 before returning to a weekend hosting slot.
Radio 5 Live presenter Simon Mayo, who knew Greening from Radio 1, told listeners last night: "He had a very, very dry sense of humour and he was quite shy really, sometimes embarrassed about having achieved the level of fame that he did have.
"Anyone who listened to his programmes could tell he was extremely bright, extremely clever. If he had a 40-second voiceover for his first record he would probably put in eight, nine, ten little funny bits just to get the whole thing going.
"He was a fantastic example as to how much work should go into a programme. He was naturally gifted, and I frankly find it rather hard to believe that he's not with us any more."
And BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster Nick Wallis said Greening was held in "very high regard" by "the entire industry".
"I enjoyed Kevin's unassuming manner, generous nature and warm, wry, friendly outlook on life. I'm shocked he's not going to be here any more," he said.
Greening also worked at Radio 5 Live, as well as London stations Jazz FM, Heart 106.2 and XFM.