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Legendary Radio Broadcaster Alvin Gee Dies Suddenly At Age 57

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     Alvin “Alvin Gee” Southwell at work

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CHRISTIANSTED – Legendary radio broadcaster Alvin “Alvin Gee” Southwell apparently died at his apartment in St. Croix from natural causes Thursday, according to friends and family. He was 57.

People who listen in to Southwell’s popular news roundup program said a WLDV “Da Vybe” 107.9-FM radio disc jockey announced on the air at 4:30 p.m. that Alvin Gee would be on at 5 p.m., but listeners to the show never heard his voice live again.

His radio station posted this message on Facebook tonight: “Da Vybe Family, It is with deep sadness we must announce that we have lost a valued member of our inner circle & family – our news director, Alvin Gee.107.9 FM Da …Vybe would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends as they join us in this moment of bereavement. We ask for understanding during this time as we mourn the lost of our dear friend and the Virgin Islands’ beloved news anchor.”
On Sept. 10, 2014 Southwell collapsed at the microphone while delivering the morning news on WLDV 107.9 FM, the station where he then worked as the news director.

According to station management, Southwell suffered what appeared to be a drop in his blood glucose level and he began to experience diabetic coma nearly two years ago. But after being treated in the hospital he returned to work again.

Relatives living on St. Croix contacted by the Virgin Islands Free Press said that Southwell is originally from Antigua. They said they first heard that Alvin Gee had died on WSVI-TV Channel 8 news tonight.

Southwell was a private person who shunned the media spotlight. His relatives said they did not know his exact age.

 

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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