Former BBC Radio 1 disc jockey Kevin Greening has died at the age of 44.

His agent Chris North told the BBC the one-time breakfast show host had died "peacefully" in his sleep on Saturday, with no further details released.

Greening was part of the launch line-up of Virgin Radio in 1993 and joined Radio 1 the following year.

And he co-hosted the station's flagship breakfast show with Zoe Ball from 1997 to 1998 before returning to a weekend hosting slot.

Radio 5 Live presenter Simon Mayo, who knew Greening from Radio 1, told listeners last night: "He had a very, very dry sense of humour and he was quite shy really, sometimes embarrassed about having achieved the level of fame that he did have.

"Anyone who listened to his programmes could tell he was extremely bright, extremely clever. If he had a 40-second voiceover for his first record he would probably put in eight, nine, ten little funny bits just to get the whole thing going.

"He was a fantastic example as to how much work should go into a programme. He was naturally gifted, and I frankly find it rather hard to believe that he's not with us any more."

And BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster Nick Wallis said Greening was held in "very high regard" by "the entire industry".

"I enjoyed Kevin's unassuming manner, generous nature and warm, wry, friendly outlook on life. I'm shocked he's not going to be here any more," he said.

Greening also worked at Radio 5 Live, as well as London stations Jazz FM, Heart 106.2 and XFM.

31/12/2007 09:33:26