BBC Radio presenter leaves show mid-air; commits suicide
New York: A radio presenter, journalist and a mother of three committed suicide by leaving her show on air.
Vicki Archer, who was holding a radio show from 3PM to 7PM left it on air at around 5 by emailing a colleague at BBC Radio Shropshire saying that she is feeling upset and took her own life.
She was having depression and has also tried two times to end her own life.
The coroner, John Ellery, said that Archer, a divorced mother of three, was found dead by her stepfather Lee Holyoake after her door went unanswered.
Holyoake used a neighbour’s ladder to gain access through a bedroom window. He made efforts to revive her and taken her to the nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
In his statement, Holyoake said that alarm bells started to ring after he and Archer’s mother were told she had left work early and got no response when knocking at her door.
Ellery said: “We have heard that Victoria had made two previous attempts to take her own life in the past and she suffered from depression.
“It is not necessary, nor is it appropriate, to go further into her personal and private life … This is a tragic case for her family and our condolences and thoughts are, and must be, with her children.”
Family of Archer said that they still can not believe that she is no more. they said, “We still cannot believe that Vicki’s not here. Her zest for life was infectious, she was a wonderful mother and daughter, and her charm brought a smile to all those who knew her. She could light up a room.
“While we will always miss her, we want to remember and celebrate everything that she achieved, which is why, in the spring, we are planning a memorial celebration of her life.”
The BBC head of regional programme for the West Midlands stated, “We are heartbroken at Vicki’s death. Everyone at Radio Shropshire respected her as a great presenter and journalist, but so much more than that we loved the sense of fun she brought to her shows and the station. Her loss leaves a huge void. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.”
Vicki Archer presented the afternoon drive-time show at BBC Radio Shropshire with co-host Adam Green since 2010. She also had a successful career in commercial radio as an event host and voiceover artist.