London subway 'Mind the Gap' announcer Phil Sayer dies at 62

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Posted: Apr 15, 2016 11:20 AM

LONDON (AP) — Millions know his voice. Few knew his name.

Phil Sayer, whose warning to "mind the gap" is heard every day on the London Underground, has died at the age of 62.

SayerHamilton, the voiceover company he ran with his wife Elinor Hamilton, said Sayer died on Thursday. The BBC reported that he had suffered from cancer.

Sayer worked as a radio presenter for the BBC in northwest England before moving into voiceover work. His reminder to travelers to mind the gap between the train and the platform is used on several London subway lines.

Other announcers have also recorded the message but Sayer's version is one of the most widely used.

His voice is also heard on trains and at railway stations around Britain, often apologizing for cancelations and delays.

"I probably apologize more than anybody in the UK," Sayer told the Daily Telegraph newspaper in 2010.

On its Facebook page Friday, SayerHamilton called Sayer the "voice of reason, radio, and railways. A dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. We are sorry to announce that this service terminates here."