Martin Streek, the Toronto DJ respected for his knowledge of the alternative rock scene, has been found dead in his Toronto home.
According to media reports, Streek took his own life. He was 45.
He had been let go from Toronto popular music station The Edge (102.1 FM) two months ago in a round of downsizing.
He worked for the station for 20 years, hosting Thursday 30 Countdown, the Sunday night Spirit of Radio show and live-to-air nights from Toronto club the Phoenix.
Friends said he had been optimistic about finding other work, but Streek left a note on his Facebook page Monday.
"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 note said.
A Facebook page in his memory has been launched and has drawn thousands of messages from Toronto fans.
Streek had worked for The Edge since he was in high school, according to his website. He started as an intern working with the import music director and was hired to visit high schools, colleges and universities all over Southern Ontario with the CFNY Video Roadshow.
Initially untrained at the mike, Streek's outgoing and opinionated approach to music made him a popular on-air personality.
Streek did voice work for Powerade, Rogers Wireless, Oh Henry, Acura Dealers, The Toronto Sun and Scotiabank. He also tried his hand at stand-up comedy at an event at Betty's.