RADIO DJ Sara Cox has been left heartbroken over the sudden death of her brother David.

It has emerged that the 56-year-old dad fell victim to a heart condition just before Christmas.

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Sara Cox is ‘heartbroken’ over the sudden death of her older brother, David[/caption]

The family of Radio 2 star Sara, 45, were devastated when David died at Whitehaven hospital, in Cumbria.

A celebration of life ceremony was held on December 23 and photos of the star, 45, and David were published in a special booklet to accompany the service.

A funeral announcement in the Bolton News newspaper read: “Beloved partner to Linda, a loving son, father, brother, uncle and dear friend to many. Sadly missed.”

David was still living in Sara’s hometown of Little Lever, near Bolton, Gtr Manchester, where he grew up with the star and siblings Dot and Robert.

The family are raising money for the British Heart Foundation in honour of David.

A statement on the JustGiving site reads: “David passed away suddenly on December 6 due to an unknown underlying heart condition.

“The British Heart Foundation raises money to fund life-saving medicines and research.

“We are therefore raising money in David’s memory and donating it to this worthy cause.”

A source said: “He died so suddenly, Sara is absolutely heartbroken. The whole family has been really shaken by the death.”