Tributes pour in for former Radio 1 presenter Mike Smith

Former Radio 1 presenter Mike Smith has died at the age of 59. Smith, who was married to fellow television personality Sarah Greene, died in hospital on Friday from complications connected to his recent major heart surgery.

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Former Radio 1 controller: Mike Smith was 'wonderful'

Former controller of BBC Radio 1 Johnny Beerling described Mike Smith "as a very versatile broadcaster and a very original one" as he could easily switch between radio and TV. He added: "He was a wonderful broadcaster, a good lad, and we will miss him."

Television presenters Mike Smith and Sarah Greene. Credit: PA

He recalled that Smith was good with a live audience, noting that "he was a very good racing driver as well, so he had good reactions" and could also pull off a good stunt. Mr Beerling told BBC News: "On April 1 1986 he announced that he would have Prince playing live on his show. Everybody got very excited about all of this - but it turned out not to be Prince the rock star, but Prince Edward, who was friendly with Mike."

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