Mike Smith has died aged 59.

The former BBC Radio 1 DJ passed away in hospital on Friday (01.08.14) after suffering from complications following major heart surgery, his aerial filming company, Flying TV, has confirmed.

Sarah Greene, his wife of 25 years, has thanked the hospital staff who treated her husband for their care and compassion, and has now asked that her family and friends be allowed to grieve in peace.

A Flying TV spokesman added: ''Mike founded Flying TV ten years ago and the company says his legacy will be FTV continuing to go from strength to strength.''

Noel Edmonds, who worked with Mike on the 'Late, Late Breakfast Show' said in a statement: ''I am totally stunned and heartbroken for Sarah and his family.

''He was so much more than simply a presenter. Mike was that rare individual - the consummate broadcaster in an era when professionalism, dedication and hard work were truly valued.''

Aled Jones took to his Twitter account this evening to pay tribute to Mike, tweeting: ''So shocked and very sad to hear of the passing of Mike Smith - a really fantastic guy. Love and thoughts to Sarah x (sic).''

While, 'This Morning' host Phillip Schofield posted: ''There are no words. My wonderful, bright, funny thoughtful friend Mike Smith has passed away. @RealSarahGreene I'm so so sorry my darling.''

Mike spent six years at BBC Radio 1 between 1982 and 1988, and during that time was also a presenter on 'Top of the Pops' and hosted 'Live Aid.'