A POPULAR Costa Blanca entertainer and radio DJ, Dean Alexanda, died from a heart attack last week as he was preparing to do an evening show in San Miguel de Salinas. Dean, aged 57, was the presenter of the Breakfast Show on BR2, one of the two services operated by Quesada-based Big FM, which he joined four years ago. Station manager, Richie Sparkes, broke the news on Facebook last Friday, saying, “Words do fail me with the passing of my good friend and colleague Dean. He has been a huge part of the station, and his passion for his job and family was an inspiration and he will be sadly missed.”
The station added that their thoughts were with Dean ́s wife Jan, who he married recently, as well as the rest of his family and friends in Spain and the UK. Social media was immediately full of wholesome tributes to Dean about his talents as an entertainer and broadcaster. The comments emphasised the high integrity that he had as well as his amiable personality in helping other people and getting involved with charity fund-raising in southern Costa Blanca. Fellow entertainer Trev B summed up many views via Facebook, “What a shock. A great man who would help anyone and has done such good work for charity. Will be sadly missed.”
Dean had a passion from his childhood for music and he started as a 17-year-old DJ doing gigs in London area pubs and clubs. He was involved in various radio stations in the UK and his career included working in Spain as an entertainment manager of a luxury hotel in Salou, and he then performed a similar role for eight years at a south London nightclub. Besides his radio work for Big FM, Dean took his mobile sound show around the region, playing music for all kinds of tastes, in addition to hosting karaoke evenings. Within a short time of Dean ́s death being announced, Big FM opened up a book of condolence for people to sign at their Quesada studios.