Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering British radio host Gavin Ford.
The DJ, 53, was found dead at his home in Lebanon, reportedly in a pool of blood with his hands bound behind his back.
The suspects, who are both Syrian, were held in the Bekaa Valley, a notoriously lawless area in east Lebanon, MailOnline reported, citing sources close to Lebanon’s Internal Security Force.
Gavin had worked for the country’s Radio One, which confirmed his death in a statement.
Gavin Ford was found dead at his home in Lebanon on Monday
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- Gavin Ford dead: Radio host ‘murdered’ in Lebanon found with hands bound behind back
It read: "We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gavin Ford.
The management and team express our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues. May his soul rest in peace."
Gavin was found in a pool of blood next to a four-poster bed at his luxury property in the mountain village of Broumana, that overlooks Beirut, in the early hours of Monday morning.
It is thought his car had been stolen by the time his body was found.
The 53-year-old is thought to have been bludgeoned and choked
According to Annahar.com , an Internal Security Forces source said preliminary investigations indicated Gavin had been bludgeoned and choked.
His body was found with his hands bound behind his back and it’s believed he was strangled using a piece of cloth.
His colleagues raised the alarm on Monday when he failed to turn up in time to present his breakfast show.
The DJ’s dog, Fred, had not raised the alarm, MailOnline reported. The Labrador was taken away by investigators and is now being looked after by friends.
The DJ’s dog Fred had not raised the alarm following the incident on Monday
Colleagues at Beirut’s Radio One alerted authorities when Mr Ford failed to turn up for work on Monday morning.
A police source told MailOnline: "We don’t know the cause of death yet but it is likely that he was choked and death and he suffered a head wound.
"The murder is being investigated by the Internal Security Force’s Information Branch, the top investigation team."
Two Syrian men have been arrested on suspicion of murder
Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Chris Rampling, said that he was "shocked and deeply saddened" by Gavin’s shock death, describing him as "one of Lebanon’s most popular morning breakfast hosts".
He tweeted: "The thoughts of all at the embassy are with his family, friends and colleagues at this terribly difficult time."
A spokesperson at the British embassy in Lebanon said: “We are in contact with the Lebanese authorities following reports of the death of a British man in Beirut, and our staff are providing assistance to his family.”
Gavin’s last post on Instagram
Gavin’s last Instagram post came just three days ago and shows him relaxing at a luxury spa in Beirut.
"Moroccan Bath and scrubbing. The perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday," he told his 6,000 followers on the site.
Fans began flooding the post with tributes and messages of support to Gavin’s family as news of his death broke on Tuesday.
"Gavin you were the best! I will miss hearing your voice in the mornings. Your witty comments and great sense of humour! You shall be greatly missed❤️ RIP," posted one.