The death of Redhead's son in a car crash in 1982 led him to rediscover religious faith, and he became a confirmed member of the Church of England. In the last years of his life there was some speculation after his retirement from Today he would train for ordination as an Anglican priest.
In 1993 his health started to fail and he was in pain on his left side and leg. He was thought to need hip surgery, but in fact had a ruptured appendix which was leaking toxins, causing liver and kidney failure and other problems. He took leave from Today in early December, expecting to return after Christmas, but never returned, dying in January 1994.
Books by Brian Redhead
Brian Redhead Manchester - a Celebration. André Deutsch Limited, London. ISBN 0233988165
Brian Redhead Personal Perspectives. Haper Collins Publishers January, 1996 Hardcover ISBN 0006386857
Brian Redhead Plato to NATO: Studies on political thought. Penguin Books 23 February, 1995 ISBN 0140246770
Radio Hall of Fame: Brian Redhead (http://www.radioacademy.org/halloffame/redhead_b/)
Manchester Celebrities: Brian Redhead (http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/celebs/broadcasters2.html)
Categories: 1929 births | 1994 deaths | British journalists | British radio personalities
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