Stephen Clements’ brother Gavin has paid tribute to his “inspiration and hero”.
The sudden death of the BBC Radio Ulster presenter, at the age of 47, was announced by the corporation on Tuesday.
Stormont leaders, fellow presenters, listeners and charities were among those who expressed their shock and sadness at the loss.
Clements, a married father-of-two, joined the station last summer, having been the long-time presenter of Q Radio’s breakfast show.
His brother Gavin described him as “deeply loved”.
In a heartbreaking tweet, he wrote: “My inspiration, my hero, my brother, I am broken!”
And in a statement issued through the BBC, Gavin said: “We are devastated to lose Stephen who was deeply loved by his family and friends.”
“We would ask for time to come to terms with this news and for privacy at this difficult time.”
Stephen sadly died just months after landing what he called “the job of a lifetime”.
Just a few days ago, on New Year’s Day, Stephen took to his Instagram account to share a picture of a stunning sunrise.
He wrote: “Sunrise on 2020 This year will be a great one”.
Following news of his tragic death, shocked fans left tributes on some of the recent pictures posted on his account, which he last used just yesterday.
One simply said: “Heartbroken”.
Another wrote: “Shocked absolutely adored him on Q Radio. He was a treasure. Heartbroken for his family and gorgeous children.”
And one said: “RIP Stephen, thinking of your family”
Stephen’s tragic passing was announced today by the BBC.
The sad news was shared on the lunchtime show, and Stephen’s 10.30am slot today had been presented by Steven Rainey.
Stephen had formerly worked as a presenter on Q Radio, but moved to BBC NI last September. He described it as his “dream” job.
He is survived by his wife and two children.