Popular former Edge radio host found dead
Published Tuesday, July 7, 2009 1:05PM EDT
A popular Toronto radio host was found dead in his home nearly two months after being let go from his long-time employer.
Martin Streek, who was a well-known on air personality on 102.1 The Edge for two decades, took his own life, according to reports.
Streek was let go from the radio station in May along with colleague Barry Taylor because of company restructuring.
Fans and friends of the radio host say he posted an ominous note on his Facebook page Monday afternoon.
"So...I guess that's it...thanks everyone...I'm sorry to those I should be sorry to, I love you to those that I love, and I will see you all again soon (not too soon though)...Let the stories begin," the message said.
Streek was found Monday evening. He made it a point to never tell anyone his age but his agent says he believes Streek was in his late 40s.
The popular personality was best known as the host of the Thursday 30 countdown. He also did live-to-air broadcasts on the weekend from the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
According to his website Martinstreek.com, Streek had worked for The Edge since he was a senior in high school. He did voice work for a number of clients including Powerade, Rogers Wireless, Oh Henry, Acura Dealers and Scotiabank. He also tried his hand at stand-up comedy.
Paul Smith, who was Streek's agent for the past 15 years, told ctvtoronto.ca that he was in shock when he heard the news from a colleague.
"It's very shocking. He was always full of life. This is the last thing I would have expected from him," he said.
Edna Khubyar, who owns Edna Talent Management, said Streek seemed to be in positive spirits despite being let go from The Edge.
"He was very positive that something else would come up," she said. "He was busy with other things."
She called Streek a "dynamic" and "very talented" individual.
"He was a very upbeat guy, lots of fun," she said. "It's unfortunate. I didn't have any signs that Martin was depressed. This is very upsetting for all of us."
The Edge, which is owned by Canadian media company Corus Entertainment, put up a short statement on their website saying they are "incredibly saddened" to hear of Streek's passing.
"He will be missed," the statement said. "Our thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time."
Some of Streek's former colleagues at The Edge blogged about their friend's passing. Todd Shapiro with the Dean Blundell show, called him an inspiration.
"You were wonderful, caring, passionate, positive, energetic..and man, were you humorous," he wrote on his blog. "Personally, you were a mentor, an inspiration, and I always thought of you as a friend.
"Not only have the stories about you begun but they will never end," he added, perhaps referring to Streek's Facebook message.
A memorial page was set up on Facebook and by Tuesday morning, nearly 2,000 members had joined the site.
"I thought this was a dream when I heard it last night," wrote one person named Patrick. "I'm sorry that it isn't. RIP Martin. Every DJ and music lover in this city owes you a big thank you! You will be missed.