Radio legend and 5MU breakfast announcer Jeff Sundo Sunderland has passed away aged 73.
The host of Sundo’s Big Breakfast for the past 10 years had finished his on air shift and was preparing for the next day in the office when he collapsed.
Despite efforts from his colleagues, CFS officers and Ambulance crews, he couldn’t be revived.
The radio family at 1125 5MU are devastated at the loss of their much loved and respected colleague.
Jeff was a legend in the Australia radio industry, with a record breaking 50 consecutive number one surveys during his time on Adelaide’s 5AD, and was still rating number one when he was let go by the new owners.
Sundo has spent the last ten years of his career waking up the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands and Southern Fleurieu on the 1125 5MU breakfast show where his long-time friendship with Anne Wills continued, the pair talking on his breakfast show for the last time on the day he passed away
5MU Program Director Mel Dzelde says Sundo will be dearly missed.
"The 5MU family has lost a very much-loved colleague and friend today. As an SA Radio Icon, we were honoured to have Jeff Sunderland as part of our team. Our thoughts are now with his family. For our 5MU listeners we will celebrate Jeff's career tomorrow morning (Tuesday July 2) on 5MU from 6am. For the last Sundo's Big breakfast"
A report is still in the process of being prepared for the coroner with a cause of death yet to be determined.
Jeff is survived by his wife Marianne, his son Jeff, daughter Laura and stepdaughter Rochelle.
Sad news that Jeff Sunderland is gone. One of THE voices and characters of #Adelaide radio for more than four decades. Went out with his boots on after his 5MU shift today. Thoughts with all close to Sundo. pic.twitter.com/wPXJmSmHbm— Keith Conlon (@KeithConlon) July 2, 2018
Lucky enough to chat @SANFL with the great man for the past 3 years on 5MU. A wonderful character who loved his @GeelongCats and @NorthAdelaideFC Relished telling a fascinating tale from yesteryear off air too! #RestInPeace @11255mu https://t.co/kHKd4qfaXt— Zac Milbank (@zacmilbank) July 2, 2018
#Adelaide radio legend Jeff Sunderland has died at the age of 73. He enjoyed extraordinary success at 5AD. Sundo died at work today at 5MU in Murray Bridge, where he hosted the breakfast show for 10 years. pic.twitter.com/Buj7NQdNjB— Michael Smyth (@MichaelSmyth_) July 2, 2018
Replying to @KeithConlon @11255mu Jeff helped keep me sane with our off-air foolery at 5AD in the 90s. A rare gem. Bless him.
Devastated to hear of the passing of Jeff Sunderland.— Richard Pascoe (@Adelaidetechguy) July 2, 2018
I was privileged to have done a radio segment with him where we swapped stories and https://t.co/ieJqZ4TrLw thoughts are with his family & work colleagues @11255mu and just for Sundo I hope the @GeelongCats win on the weekend.