BBC presenter Stephen Clements has died at the age of 47.
The much-loved TV and radio presenter has passed away just months after landing what he called the “job of a lifetime” at the BBC.
The BBC announced his death on the lunchtime news and his 10.30am slot today was presented by Steven Rainey.
Stephen, a former Q Radio presenter, had started working with BBC Northern Ireland last September.
The married father-of-two, joined the station last summer, having been the long-time presenter of Q Radio’s breakfast show.
BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston said: “We are sorry to bring you the sad news of the passing of our colleague Stephen Clements.
“Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family, friends and colleagues, at this difficult time.”
Q Radio tweeted: “We are heartbroken today to learn that our former Q Radio Breakfast show host, colleague and friend Stephen Clements has died suddenly at the age of 47.”
Having turned Q Radio’s breakfast show into one of the most popular programmes in the region, he landed what he described as his “dream” job at the BBC last year.
He worked as a presenter for BBC NI’s coverage of the Open golf championship at Royal Portrush in July, and in September became the new host of Radio Ulster’s mid-morning show.
Stephen also co-presented last year’s BBC Children In Need appeal in Northern Ireland.
In September last year, Stephen took over from Sean Coyle as the host of the 10.30am slot on BBC NI.
And his work saw the number of listeners increase vastly.
The presenter was known for his up-beat character and fun approach to his radio shows.