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

The former Bbc Radio 1 host passed away on Friday (01Aug14) 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, "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."