Sunday 22 April 2018

TV presenter Ball 'devastated' over partner's death

Zoe Ball (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Lucy Mapstone

TV presenter Zoe Ball says she is "devastated" following the death of her partner Billy Yates at the age of 40.

Her spokesman said: "Zoe is devastated and requests that during this difficult time the media respect her privacy as well as the privacy of her friends and family."

Mr Yates, a cameraman for the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow', was found dead at his south London home on Thursday evening.

'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' host Ball posted a picture of a flower on her Instagram page earlier yesterday, along with the caption: "My sweet love X."

A BBC spokesperson confirmed Kate Thornton will be stepping in to present Ball's weekly BBC Radio 2 programme this afternoon at 3pm.

Ball (46) is believed to have been in a relationship with Yates for several months.

She announced her separation from husband of 18 years Norman Cook, known as DJ Fatboy Slim, in September last year.

Ball retweeted a post by the Samaritans on Thursday evening but her representative said she would not be commenting on his death. The tweet read: "If it really doesn't feel like the force is with you today, we're here and ready to listen #TalkToUs #MayTheFourthBeWithYou."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the circumstances surrounding the death were "not being treated as suspicious". The force said in a statement: "Police were called to a residential address in Putney, south London at 18.40 on Thursday 4 May, to reports of a man found deceased.

"Officers attended alongside staff from the London Ambulance Service, and a man believed to be aged 40 was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances are not being treated as suspicious, and the coroner has been informed."

Irish Independent

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