Phil Sayer, the famous voice behind London Tube’s “mind the gap” and “Stand clear of the doors” announcement has died. He was 62 years old.
Sayer’s wife Elinor Hamilton said in the statement: “We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here.” adding that Sayer was a “voice of reason, radio, and railway.”
“Phil Sayer – voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle…” she tweeted.
CNN reported that Sayer was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2014, and eventually underwent chemotheraphy. He retired in early April just this year.
“If it is diagnosed too late, then surgery is no longer an option. Mine seems to have been caught just in time,” Sayer said in a newspaper interview last year. “It’s great to be here a year down the line with every confidence I’ve still got a future.”
Born Philip Clift on May 18, 1953, Sayer grew up in Liverpool and went on to become a voice actor for radio and TV shows. He was also a radio presenter for the BBC in the 1980s. At the time, he and his wife also set up a voice-over business.
His voice is used on three of the Underground’s busiest lines Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly.
Sayer’s friends and colleagues have started giving tributes, remembering fond memories of the artist.
“I remember trying to have a serious conversation with him and it was difficult to do,” said his former BBC Radio Manchester colleague Mike Sweeney. “He was always trying to make something humorous but in a very pithy sort of way.”