Tributes have poured in from people in Chiswick and the television arena to remember former Radio 1 DJ and BBC TV presenter Mike Smith who died in hospital on Friday (1).

The 59-year-old of Chiswick who was married to fellow television star Sarah Greene died after complications from major heart surgery.

Smith played a significant role in protests over local developments such as high-rise buildings and was very pro-active in the community.

David Giles said: "This is very sad news. Although his other achievements are well known, he played an active part in the Chiswick community and that is what I will remember him for. Our condolences go out to Sarah, his family and friends."

Colin Wren said: He was very pro-active in helping out the West Chiswick & Gunnersbury Society when there was the march against high-rise buildings and over-development within the area. Great bloke. Such a shame."

In a statement released through Smith's aerial filming company Flying TV, Ms Greene said she would "like to offer enormous thanks to the staff at the hospital for their care and compassion".

A Flying TV spokesman added: "It’s with enormous sadness and regret that we share with you the passing of our founder and MD, Mike Smith. Mike died on Friday 1st August in hospital, following complications from major heart surgery. His wife Sarah, his family, Mona and JP were with him.

"One of his many legacies is Flying TV, the company that he created over 10 years ago to combine his passion for flying, first class camerawork and television. It is with great pride that Mona, JP and Sarah will ensure that Flying TV continues with Mike’s absolute determination to bring you the very best that aerial filming and photography can offer."

Smiths' career spanned Capital Radio and BBC 1 Radio.

He was well known as the host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show and for appearing on Noel Edmonds' The Late, Late Breakfast Show. Then in 1988 Smith and Ms Greene were seriously injured in a helicopter crash and soon after married

Several former BBC colleagues flocked to tweet their condolences to the family including Simon Mayo who took on the Breakfast Show when Smith left in 1988 and Phillip Schofield who presented Going Live! with Ms Greene.

 

A BBC spokesman said: “We are saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a talented presenter and a brilliant Radio 1 Breakfast Show host and our thoughts are with his family.”

People have also taken to Facebook page Mike Smith RIP to remember the TV and radio legend.