Two men have reportedly been arrested on Wednesday for the murder of British radio presenter Gavin Ford in Lebanon.
Mr Ford, 53, was reportedly found strangled with his hands tied behind his back at his apartment in a mountain town close to the capital Beirut.
The suspects, both Syrian, were arrested in Nabaa area near Beirut.
A source at the Lebanon’s Internal Security Force told the local Daily Star: “Two men have been arrested for the murder of the Radio One presenter Gavin Ford.”
The DJ was found bludgeoned and choked to death at his luxury home in Beit Mery on Tuesday.
He celebrated his birthday with around 10 friends at an Indian restaurant on Sunday but colleagues became concerned when he didn’t turn up for the 7am show on Tuesday.
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His death led to an outpouring of shock and sadness on social media by people who followed his popular morning programme on all-music Radio One station. Mr Ford had worked for the station since the 1990s, gaining a large number of fans in Lebanon.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear Gavin Ford, a member of our team for many joyful years,” Radio One posted on its Facebook page.
Britain’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, tweeted: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Gavin Ford, one of Lebanon’s most popular morning breakfast hosts.”
I am shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Gavin Ford, one of Lebanon’s most popular morning breakfast hosts. The thoughts of all at the Embassy are with his family, friends and colleagues at this terribly difficult time. pic.twitter.com/BRzbyPoYUV
— Chris Rampling (@crampling) November 27, 2018
In December, British Embassy worker Rebecca Dykes was found murdered on the side of a road near Beirut. The suspected killer, an Uber driver, was later detained and is expected to stand trial.