Beirut, Lebanon – Gavin Ford, one of Lebanon's most popular radio representatives, was found dead in his home in Beit Mery's hills near the capital, Beirut.
Ford, a British citizen, was discovered in blood in his bedroom on Tuesday, with the police confirmed that it was a murder without advancing a motive.
The police said that Ford's car seemed to have been stolen at the same time, even though they did not directly tie the theft to the murder.
An-Nahar, a local newspaper, reported that Ford's arms had been tied and that he had been rigid with a piece of cloth. The Associated Press news agency also quoted an independent official who confirmed Ford was fought.
Ford's voice told the Lebanese for 20 years. He hosted the breakfast program for Radio One, an English-language music channel in Lebanon. A household name, his killing has left his fans in shock.
Hiba Abboud listened to him as a teenager over ten years and a half ago. She remembered him with love and said, "Gavin made everyone's morning. He was always busy and he was the cool show to listen to." Abboud called his unmanned death a loss for Lebanon and added that "A piece of Lebanon is missing now. His voice is a part of growing up in Lebanon."
Deep sad to hear about the murder of Gavin Ford, Radio One's beloved morning host. Listening to his show on the way to school was the highlight of our morning for years. May your soul rest in peace and be justified. #GavinFord #Lebanon #RadioOne
– Talk Anchassi (@TalaAnc) November 27, 2018
#gavinford Since I was a teenager, I used to listen to "Gavin Ford in the morning". The radio will never be the same again. You preferred Lebanon across England, and that's the way you were rewarded. A brutal murder! RIP Gavin Ford 🙏
– Joanna El Asmar (@AsmarJoanna) November 27, 2018
Hearing Radio a Lebanon play classical music to lament the gavin ford is another level of sadness. #GavinFord
– Oliver Jabbour (@oliver_jabbour) November 27, 2018
Ford arrived in Lebanon from Cyprus in 1995 and joined Radio One. He quickly deserved a reputation for his humor on the show "Gavin Ford tomorrow", which he arranged with Olga Habre.
His colleagues at the radio station reached the police when Ford did not get to work and did not answer calls. After hearing the news of his death, the station issued a statement: "We are heartbreaked to announce the passing of our dear Gavin Ford, a member of our team for many happy years."
Chris Rampling, British ambassador to Lebanon, said: "I'm shocked and deeply saddened by Gavin Ford's death, one of Lebanon's most popular tomorrow morning hosts. The thoughts of everyone in the embassy are with the family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time."
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Derek Issacs, a British author based in Beirut, knew Ford for many years. He remembers how Ford made a series of stories on a 4-day kitten that was saved by Issacs last year. Talking to Al Jazeera remembered Isak Ford as a "gentle, genuine and sincere man".
"He had such an important job, and yet he was so down to earth," said Issacs, adding that he killed "a complete mystery."
Lebanon is largely regarded as a safe Mediterranean beach for foreigners and locals. But Ford's murder, and before killing British diplomat Rebecca Dykes last December, raises questions about the safety of expats in the country.
Lebanese police have begun to ask the neighbors of Ford in Beit Mery, east of Beirut, to identify the last visitors to their home.
For now, the Lebanese are confused. "Who could have killed a man who brought such happiness to our lives," asked his prolonged fan, Abboud.
Radio radio Gavin Ford from Radio One was found dead in his apartment in Beit Merri – #Lebanon earlier today .. no words can explain how much you want in the morning with your show and impressions and jokes .. 💔
– Luna Safwan (@LunaSafwan) November 27, 2018
Ford is remembered, as a follower said it as the man who helped them carry Beirut's chaotic traffic every morning.