British radio legend Mike Smith dies

British radio legend Mike Smith dies

Veteran British radio presenter Mike Smith had died at the age of 59.

The former BBC Radio 1 host passed away on Friday from complications following major heart surgery.His wife of 25 years, Sarah Greene, said in a statement released through Smith's filming company Flying TV she would "like to offer enormous thanks to the staff at the hospital for their care and compassion".Smith first joined BBC Radio 1 in 1975 as a freelance producer and presenter, but moved to Capital FM in 1978 where he presented a number of shows.He returned to Radio 1 in 1982 and took over the station's breakfast show slot in 1986, with Diana, Princess of Wales declaring herself one of the programme's biggest fans. He also appeared on TV as a host of Top of the Pops and the BBC's coverage of Live Aid.In 2004 Smith, a qualified pilot, founded aerial filming company Flying TV.Close friend Noel Edmonds was among those to pay tribute to Smith following the news of his death, saying: "I am totally stunned and heartbroken for Sarah and his family... Mike was that rare individual, the consummate broadcaster, in an era when professionalism, dedication and hard work were truly valued."BBC Radio 2 host Simon Mayo also paid tribute, writing on Twitter: "When we joined Radio 1 in '86, he was the guy who had it all. His breakfast show was a shiny, sparkly thing, a must-listen."


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