Published Jul 08, 2009There is sad news in the Canadian radio world, as popular Toronto DJ Martin Streek has died. According to media reports, Streek took his own life. He was 45.
Friends and family were worried when Streek posted a message on his Facebook Monday night (July 6) that turned out to be his suicide note. The post read, "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 Toronto radio fixture, best known for his on-air work with The Edge (102.1 FM), was a long-time member of the city's live music scene, including his live-to-air nights at the Velvet Underground.
However, after almost two decades at the Edge, Streek lost his job on May 18 in another round of broadcast industry downsizing. It's unknown whether the layoff was the reason he took his life.
According to Toronto blogger Toronto Mike, Streek got almost 100 posts wishing him well after he lost his job, to which Streek responded, "Thanks to those of you who made comments, both good and bad... either way, it's proof that you listened and/or cared about the scene I/we were part of..." Streek did not post anything of relevance again until right before he took his life.
Meanwhile, former employer the Edge has set up a memorial page for Streek and there is now a tribute page to him on Facebook.
We here at Exclaim! send our condolences to Streek's friends and family.