Stephen Clements’ haunting New Year’s post as he looked forward to 2020

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Stephen Clements’ haunting New Year’s post saw him looking forward to the year ahead just days before he died suddenly.

The BBC Northern Ireland presenter has died at the age of 47, 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.

Stephen’s haunting New Year’s post
(Image: Facebook)

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 was 47
Stephen with Q Radio’s Cate Conway

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Tributes flooded in from his former colleagues, reports Belfast Live .

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.”

Stephen’s fans and colleagues have paid tribute

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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.

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