With a long career in broadcasting, Smith worked with some of the most famous faces on television and radio still today.
Tributes have been led by broadcaster Noel Edmonds, who worked closely with Smith on TV show The Late, Late Breakfast Show in the 1980s. He issued a statement in which he said he was “heartbroken” at hearing the news.
“I am typing this through tears,” added Edmonds. “He was so much more than a presenter. Mike was that rare individual- the consummate broadcaster.”
Many others have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to their colleague and friend.
Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson said:
Very sad about Mike Smith. He did all our helicopter filming on Top Gear and was a lovely, genuine man. Big love to Sarah.