Ambrose Harcourt known as Mr. Lurve to many listeners is also the radio legend who served on the airwaves for many years, on radio stations including Southern FM, Juice 107.2, and, more recently, on Regency Radio has passed away. Let’s see how he died and Ambrose Harcourt cause of death in detail
How did Ambrose Harcourt die?
Ambrose Harcourt, vice president of St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House passed away on Wednesday after a brief stay at the hospice. Ambrose, who lived in Worthing and was also known as ‘Mr. Lurve’, hosted radio shows for more than five decades on the airwaves across Sussex and the South of England. He died at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, with his family by his side, on Wednesday (August 31).
Ambrose Harcourt’s cause of death has never been made public. Ambrose’s family has paid tribute to the ‘most loving, caring and inspirational’ person who ‘always had time and a hello for everyone’, adding: “He will be greatly missed as a husband, father, and grandfather.
“We have been touched by the kind words and recollection of so many stories from those that knew him and it’s clear that he touched so many people’s lives for the better. “The family are so proud of what he meant to everyone through his charity and radio career.”
Ambrose Harcourt’s cause of death:
The Radio legend Ambrose Harcourt Mr. Lurve has sadly passed away.
Ambrose’s friend shared,
We are deeply saddened to share the news of the demise of Ambrose Harcourt, a friend, and colleague we adored. The famous Ambrose, better known to many of our listeners as Mr. Lurve, spent a long time on the air, performing on stations like Southern FM, Juice 107.2, and, more recently, here with us on Regency Radio. Ambrose was more than simply a DJ with his sultry voice, contagious smile, and amazing taste in music. He was an inspiration, a close friend, and a fantastic performer.
His cause of death has not yet been revealed right now. Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Ambrose Harcourt cause of death will be added soon.
Who is Ambrose Harcourt?
To finish his education as the eldest child of a large family, Ambrose, whose original last name was Obiajulu, traveled to the UK from Nigeria alone in 1964. He first went to Norwich and then continued to Kings Lynn.
His passion for music first emerged in college, where he and a few of his close friends founded a business that organized events and concerts. This created chances and Ambrose began his DJ career in East London bars and clubs before moving on to St. George’s Hospital radio in Tooting.
Ambrose Harcourt’s Career
Ambrose began working for Southlands Hospital Radio in 1982 after moving to Sussex. Here, he met radio host Simon Mayo, who advised him to apply to a newly-launching station. Ambrose Harcourt was a Regency Radio Brighton Director of Programming. He was also, a Presenter of Sunday Soul breakfast, The Love Hour, and The Love Zone.
From that point on, Ambrose adopted the stage name “Harcourt,” which comes from Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Ambrose joined Southern Sound in 1986 after moving his family to Worthing at this point. He went on to become one of the most well-known and adored announcers throughout the south because of his distinctive voice and delivery.
Ambrose’s programs included Soul Direction, The Love Hour, Nighttime Heart and Soul, and the Love Zone, with the notorious Love, Bites Top 3 becoming “compulsive listening,” according to his family. The station later changed its name to Southern FM and then to Heart FM. Along with Regency Radio, which he helped create in Brighton, Ambrose also hosted shows on Juice FM, Arrow FM, Sovereign FM, and other stations in Sussex and the south. Regency Radio’s Jay Jackson stated: “Ambrose leaves a vacuum in Regency Radio that will never be filled, and could not be filled by anyone.
Ambrose Passion for football
Ambrose has also worked in several entertainment-related fields over the years. He was a continuity announcer for the BBC on BBC1, BBC2, and Radio Five Live. He also presented the Looking for Love series on ITV Meridian and Sky UK Living. Brighton and other Sussex places were used for the filming. Along with Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal, Ambrose recently appeared in a TV commercial as the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele.
Ambrose also loved football, and he had been a season ticket holder for Chelsea for more than 30 years. Over the years, Ambrose was connected with many organizations, two of which were particularly dear to him and with whom he had worked for over 20 years.
He held the positions of vice president for St. Barnabas House, a hospice that provides palliative care, and Chestnut Tree House, the only children’s hospice in Sussex. Ambrose received care here during his last few days. According to Ambrose’s family, he put in a lot of effort to raise money for these organizations. He participated in a cycling challenge and a stunning five-day journey up the Inca Trail in Peru, where he raised $143,000. In 2019, Ambrose finished this task soon after enduring arduous medical treatment for his illness. Along with many other organizations, he also collaborated with The Princes Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Scope, and Mencap. Jay Jackson of Regency Radio continued, “We will carry on his good work in his honor by naming our new studios after him once they are finished; he will never be forgotten and always in our hearts.”
Tributes to Ambrose Harcourt:
Fans, Colleagues, and close friends of Ambrose Harcourt have sent their condolences to his family after the sad news of his passing was made public.
Travel Nick shared,
Dear Ambrose, I don’t know where to begin, and I’m lost for words. The news of your passing has come as huge shock and I can’t believe it. I’ll never forget your phone call, with your words of encouragement when I started presenting the travel news. You said how great you thought it sounded, and then challenged me to cover some of the Brighton and Hove events. From now on, every event I cover will be for you. Rest in peace my friend. Lots of Love,
Jay Jackson shared,
Ambrose leaves behind a hole in Regency Radio that will never be filled, nor could anyone fill it! the whole team at Regency Radio are devastated by the sad news. Ambrose was a true master of his craft. He made what he did look effortless, and his voice would intertwine with the music he played. Just the sound of his voice could give you goosebumps, and I would still get excited if he said my name on AIR. Ambrose was a wonderful human being.
He wanted only the best for everyone and would go out of his way to help up-and-coming presenters achieve their dream of being on the radio. Ambrose was a director at Regency and instrumental in making it the success it has become. We’ll continue his good work, in his name, by naming our new studios after him once built He will never be forgotten and always in our hearts. We Love you Ambrose so much.
Such sad news, I always loved listening to Ambrose back in the day on Southern FM & it was my privilege to be working alongside him here on Brighton’s Regency Radio, he was always the best late night radio by far. On a personal note I thank him for recent conversations during a tough time for me personally, rest now sir & we will continue to spread the Lurve x
Zoé Head-Thomas posted,
Ambrose certainly marked all of our lives, not only with his talent and wonderful shows but also through his kindness and positivity. On a personal note, it is thanks to him that I was given my first radio opportunity, and I will always think of him for giving me the first push I needed. His legacy will carry on with all of us, and I hope to make him proud. He will be truly missed, and today I will be listening to some Love Zone classics in his memory
Tony Portelli posted,
I cannot believe that Ambrose has left us, a wonderful man who had so much time for everyone that he met. A kind and thoughtful man who ‘Spread the Lurve’ across the airwaves for many decades alongside his charitable work which he went about quietly in the background. Ambrose gave me my chance to fulfil a dream and take to the airwaves, for that I will be ever grateful. Ambrose is a one off a true old school gentlemen with infectious charm and laughter and an amazing radio voice and he will be greatly missed by many, for whom he was there number one DJ. My thoughts are with Ambrose’s family at this difficult time. Ambrose rest in peace, you will be sorely missed down here but loved by those upstairs as you spread your infectious charm and of course ‘Lurve’
I can’t believe that Ambrose has passed away and my thoughts are with his nearest and dearest. We first met at Southern Sound in the late 1980s, he was always positive, saw the best in everyone and was loyal to his friends and incredibly proud of his family. He achieved a great deal and brightened up the lives of all of us lucky enough to have known him. His smile, laugh and good humour were totally genuine and he was always interested in how you and your family were doing. We reconnected last year when I joined Regency Radio and, true to form, he could not have been more welcoming. He will be sadly missed by us all, but he leaves behind millions of wonderful and happy memories. Thanks Ambrose.
Talia & Scotland
Ambrose, you were a true radio legend. One of the kindest and classiest acts we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, you were so welcoming back in the old Juice 107.2 days and always the most fun at the Christmas party with us as the last ones standing on the dance floor. A true friend, a radio icon, with you there was always a little bit more Lurve in the world. You’ll be sorely missed, but never forgotten.
Tanya club posted,
I don’t think there is a person in sussex that wouldn’t recognise his voice. Such a great memory from my childhood and beyond
When I think radio I can instantly hear him Rest in peace
chrisey black posted,
Sad news-R.I.P Ambrose
Richard edwards tweeted,
Mr lurve, RiP, spread the love around Sussex for so many years
Oh how sad, same remember him on the radio too, condolences to his family & all who knew him
Rob reaks posted,
I think it’s wonderful that an organisation he clearly cared for so much, in the end was there to care for him. Your work is amazing, thank you for all you do. Ambrose, many people will remember you very fondly, us included. R&D
Sue house posted,
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Ambrose was an amazing supporter of the hospices and did so much for them. He was so kind and a lot of fun. He will be very much missed. Thinking of Pauline, his family and friends and everyone whose life he touched.
Janet parsons tweeted,
So sad. Met him lots when I worked at St Bs. Such a nice man. RIP.
amber lilly posted,
I’m so shocked and saddened to read this news Such a wonderful man Thinking of his family and friends
Omg what a shock! Fond memories of this gentleman. RIP Ambrose. Go ride those heavenly airwaves!
Oh my goodness! This has really shocked and saddened me. Especially as I was only thinking about him the other day. I used to love listening to him on the radio many years ago, and wondered what he was doing now. I didn’t realise he was ill my thoughts go out to all his family and friends
gill eccott posted,
emily adams posted,
Having met Ambrose at a Chestnut event before he was an absolute joy and had a true passion for the hospices. Sad to hear this, sending love to all his family and friends x
mango bay posted,
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Ambrose was an amazing person
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