Vicki Archer dies at age 41: Radio Shropshire presenter tweeted she was home alone a day before mysterious death
A day before she died, Vicki Archer had asked her Twitter followers to hep her out as her children were out on a vacation
Vicki Archer, who was best known for co-hosting BBC Radio Shropshire’s drive time programme, died aged 41 on August 6, and now a tweet has surfaced that she asked for help while home alone just a day before her death. Archer had tweeted on August 5 that her children were on holiday, a little over 24 hours before her death was announced live on airon Tuesday. To her 4,123 followers, the 41-year-old asked her fans for suggestions on what to do while she was home alone. She penned: “HELP PLEASE Children are away for 5 days on holiday.
HELP PLEASE Children are away for 5 days on holiday. #homealone Suggestions? Free every morning and evening so adventurous, exciting, different, indulgent or just gorgeous? This morning after voice overs I’m piloxing. No idea either. Cross between boxing, dance and hip hop ha ha— Vicki Archer (@Vickiarcher1) August 6, 2018
“#homealone Suggestions? Free every morning and evening so adventurous, exciting, different, indulgent or just gorgeous? This morning after voice overs I’m piloxing. No idea either. Cross between boxing, dance and hip hop ha ha,” she added.
After the tweet, it is believed she returned to the studio as usual for her afternoon show. She was, however, in high spirits as she joked she had made paper glasses, after forgetting hers.
Holding up her humorous efforts to the camera, she penned: “I forgot my glasses. This will do though right?”
I forgot my glasses. This will do though right? pic.twitter.com/28xsFn3wzB— Vicki Archer (@Vickiarcher1) August 6, 2018
Radio presenter Eric Smith announced the news of her death on air. Much to the surprise, he said, "Our much loved colleague, Vicki Archer, who's been part of your afternoons on this radio station for the past eight years, has died suddenly.”
He added: ”She was a great presenter, a great broadcaster, and she brought a wonderful sense of fun to her shows and behind the scenes in the newsroom too."
The cause of Vicki’s death is currently unknown.
The presenter’s family shared a statement to the BBC, saying: “Vicki was a much-loved daughter and mother as well as being an extremely talented broadcaster. We are still coming to terms with her tragic loss so would ask that people respect our privacy and leave us alone to grieve as a family."
David Jennings, BBC's head of regional programmes for the West Midlands, also said the team was “heartbroken” by her loss.
He said: "We are heartbroken at Vicki's death. Everyone here 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," he added.
Vicki had been a co-host on the show alongside Adam Green since 2010. She had been a part of the Radio Shropshire team for more than 20 years.