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Former QRadio breakfast show host Stephen Clements has died at the age of 47.
The father of two began his broadcast career late in life but took off as a mainline presenter at Belfast Citybeat, before it became part of the QRadio network.
He bolstered his position as a fast thinking, whitty presenter alongside longtime co-host Cate Conway.
In June of 2019 Mr.Clements took up a new position in BBC Radio Ulster, replacing the mid morning show previously hosted by Sean Coyle.
The presenter, from Carrickfergus, is survived by his wife, Natasha, and their two children, Poppy and Robbie.
A spokesperson for Q Radio said that all staff at the station had been left shocked and saddened by the sudden death of their former colleague, and that their thoughts were with the Clements family at this difficult time.
"Today feels very surreal for all of us at Q Radio, Stephen was not only a much loved colleague and broadcaster but a friend to so many of us.
"We’ve been overwhelmed by the volume of people getting in touch to share their experience of Stephen - his humour, generosity, compassion and ability to put people at ease . He will be missed by all of us more than words can say."
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."
IMAGE: Stephen Clements with former co-host Cate Conway at the launch of his best-selling book 'Back in our day'.
Absolutely devastating news. Have been a fan since Q days. We were in touch over Christmas & New Year. An incredible talent who was always willing to help others. Please keep his wife, little children and wider family in your prayers. https://t.co/oJ16TD3Qe3— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) January 7, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Clements— Michelle O’Neill (@moneillsf) January 7, 2020
His radio shows on BBC Radio Ulster & Q Radio brought his legion of listeners joy through his music & humour
I would like to extend my condolences to his wife, children, family & colleagues at this very sad time
I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Stephen Clements. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.— Colum Eastwood (@columeastwood) January 7, 2020
Stephen was a considerable talent who brought a sense of fun into many of our lives - a tragedy that he has been taken so soon - our thoughts & prayers are with his friends & family today @BBCnireland https://t.co/CBIeqrpGWO— Steve Aiken OBE (@SteveAikenUUP) January 7, 2020
Shocked and saddened to hear that Stephen Clements has passed away at only 47.— Naomi Long MEP (@naomi_long) January 7, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to Stephen’s family, friends, fans and colleagues at @qnewsdesk @bbcradioulster
His warmth and humour shone through his work. A really lovely person and a huge loss.
No more chats @radiostephen .... I'll miss you , your listeners will miss you. My Heartfelt condolences to your family. A lesson for us all to live life because we don't know how long it will last. Sad , sad times. How can you be gone ? #RIP— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) January 7, 2020
Stephen - your warmth on air was a true reflection of the real you - a kind, decent human being with so much natural talent.— Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) January 7, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to your family.
We will miss you.
We are deeply saddened & stunned with the passing of Stephen Clements.— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) January 7, 2020
Stephen was a great friend of our organisation and he will be greatly missed by the Giants family.
Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family, friends and colleagues♥️ pic.twitter.com/lulctCqK1G
💔 We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Stephen Clements. A proud Northern Ireland fan, Stephen was MC at several of our home games. He will be sadly missed. #GAWA pic.twitter.com/dBtzHkua0h— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) January 7, 2020
We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and supporter Stephen Clements. Our thoughts are with Stephen's family and friends. pic.twitter.com/SXFCVTuskw— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) January 7, 2020