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Beloved U.K. radio DJ Kevin Greening dies tragic death on eve of his 45th birthday


RADIO DJ Kevin Greening was wrapped in clingfilm when he died after a 24-hour orgy of drugs and gay bondage sex, his boyfriend told an inquest yesterday,
James Clothier reports for the U.K. Sun June 3rd.

Greening, 44, was dressed in a rubber suit and leather hood and suspended from a scaffold for a kinky sex game at his lover’s flat.

He had taken cocaine, ecstasy and date-rape drug GHB with civil servant boyfriend Sean Griffin, 51.

They spent five hours at gay nightclub XXL in Southwark, South London, before returning to Mr Griffin’s flat in Battersea to take more drugs and begin their bondage session in his makeshift dungeon.

Mr Griffin was close to tears as he told Westminster Coroner’s Court of finding Greening’s body, saying: “He looked pale. I knew something was wrong.”

He added: “We had a very vigorous sex life. It was not conventional but it was imaginative and we enjoyed each other.”

Greening was suspended from the four corners of the scaffold, lying on his back with his legs raised. Mr Griffin wrapped clingfilm and gaffer tape around his lower body.

Mr Griffin said Greening appeared sleepy four hours into the bondage session.

He said: “He was fatigued and I thought it was time for him to have a break. We had had a lot of drugs.

“I released the sling and dropped Kevin on to the duvet on the floor. He was still wearing the rubber suit and had clingfilm and gaffer tape round his body. Then we went to sleep.”

Mr Griffin woke hours later to find his lover dead. He said: “Kevin was still lying in the same position.”

The court heard there were signs Greening had been in a head-down position, which could have caused him to stop breathing.

But Mr Griffin denied he was upside-down during their sex session, and cause of death was given as mixed drug poisoning.

At the time of his death on the eve of his 45th birthday, agent Chris North claimed Greening – who co-hosted the BBC’s Radio 1 breakfast show with Zoe Ball in the ’90s – had “died peacefully in his sleep”.


Published: 03 Jun 2008

FORMER BBC Radio 1 breakfast DJ Kevin Greening died from a drug overdose after taking part in a gay bondage session, an inquest heard today.


Coroner Paul Knapman recorded a verdict of misadventure after the 44-year-old was found dead by police at a flat in Wandsworth, south London, on December 29, the eve of his 45th birthday.

He said: “He was found dead having indulged in unorthodox sexual behaviour involving restraint equipment and illegal drugs. I will say this is a case of misadventure.”

Greening’s agent, Chris North, announced his death by saying he had died peacefully in his sleep.

An initial post mortem proved inconclusive, but further toxicology tests revealed that the DJ died from “drug toxicity” – an overdose.

A 51-year-old man arrested at the time of Greening’s death was later cautioned for drug possession.

The police have said that no-one will be prosecuted over the death.

Greening was paired with Zoe Ball on Radio 1’s flagship show from 1997 to 1998.

He also worked on BBC Radio 5 Live and most recently at Smooth Radio, overseeing the weekday afternoon show on the London station.

The presenter was part of the launch line-up of Virgin Radio in 1993, but had transferred to Radio 1 within a year, hosting weekend shows and standing in on daytime slots.

Known for his tongue-in-cheek style, he introduced comedy sketches to his programmes through a series of fictional characters, including a hapless DJ called Raymond Sinclair.

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