I think that much of the popularity of prime time TV presenters is simply familiarity - see them enough and people think they’re friends.
That’s why I think that so many are overpaid: the BBC can easily create new ones by simply giving them enough airtime, so they become familiar and popular. I don’t deny that many have real talent, but they are far from unique in that respect.
Anyway off topic, it’s always sad when anyone dies but Brucie had a good life, did well and made it to a good age. What more can you ask for?