V103 Chicago, one of the radio stations Banks worked at, revealed the news in a tweet on Monday.
It is with a heavy heart we share the news Doug Banks has passed away. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this time.— V103 Chicago (@V103) April 11, 2016
"It is with a heavy heart we share the news Doug Banks has passed away. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family & friends at this time," the station tweeted.
The radio station did not reveal a cause of death, but ABC 7 reported that Banks had suffered from diabetes for some time and died from complications of the disease.
Doug Banks . RIP. 2016 the year the music died. pic.twitter.com/dRreZX5FlB— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 12, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of #DougBanks He was such a sweet, considerate man & always very supportive. Truly will be missed. RIP— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 11, 2016
Rest in peace, Doug Banks. A true radio legend. You will be missed.— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) April 11, 2016
Upon hearing the news, celebrities took to Twitter to express their sadness.
"Doug Banks. RIP. 2016 the year the music died," Chris Rock tweeted.
Gabrielle Union also took to the social media network to pay respects.
“With the passing of Doug Banks, Chicago has lost one of our most iconic radio voices." pic.twitter.com/omz0gE13st— ChicagosMayor (@ChicagosMayor) April 11, 2016
read the news of #DougBanks passing a fellow radio personality whom i never got to meet r.i.p. to a Chicago legend— Yesi Ortiz (@yesiortiz) April 11, 2016
"So sad to hear of the passing of #DougBanks He was such a sweet, considerate man & always very supportive," the actress wrote. "Truly will be missed. RIP."
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, talk show host Wendy Williams, Los Angeles radio personality Yesi Ortiz and Reverend Jesse Jackson were also among the many who tweeted their condolences.