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Roman Kemp pays tribute to late friend Joe Lyons on what would have been his 32nd birthday

His best friend died suddenly and unexpectedly in August 2020. 

And on Wednesday, Roman Kemp, 28, paid tribute to the late radio producer Joe Lyons on what would have been his 32nd birthday. 

Taking to Instagram, the I’m A Celeb star shared pictures and videos of his late friend and admitted: ‘I miss you beyond words.’ 

Tribute: On Wednesday, Roman Kemp, 28, paid tribute to the late radio producer Joe Lyons (pictured) on what would have been his 32nd birthday

Two of the photographs saw Roman and Joe sitting next to each other on a flight, with the radio producer pretending to pour vodka into Roman’s mouth while he slept.

Another snap showed Joe smiling while sitting outside in the sunshine and flashing a peace sign at the camera, during a group gathering. 

One video saw Roman blast Joe with a wind machine, while the other showed the Capital FM team having presented Joe with a pink cake on a previous birthday. 

Roman wrote alongside his post: ‘On what I would’ve said was your 40th birthday, I miss you beyond words pal. Love you mate. @producerjoe @joesbuddyline.’

Much-loved: Roman's best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August last year. His cause of death has not been confirmed

Much-loved: Roman’s best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August last year. His cause of death has not been confirmed

Joker! Two of the photographs saw Roman and Joe sitting next to each other on a flight, with the radio producer pretending to pour vodka into Roman's mouth while he slept

Joker! Two of the photographs saw Roman and Joe sitting next to each other on a flight, with the radio producer pretending to pour vodka into Roman’s mouth while he slept

Best buddies: Roman also shared a shot of himself and Joe asleep next to each other

Best buddies: Roman also shared a shot of himself and Joe asleep next to each other

Joking about one of the photos in which Joe can be seen wearing a Tottenham Hotspur FC shirt, he added: ‘PS this is the only time I will post a Spurs shirt.’  

Roman’s best friend Joe, who had been a well-loved producer at Global radio for nine years, suddenly died in August last year. His cause of death has not been confirmed.  

After Joe’s death, Roman emotionally addressed fans on his show Sunday Best, which he co-hosts with his father Martin Kemp, urging them to ‘reach out’.  

Work pals: One video saw Roman blast Joe with a wind machine

Work pals: One video saw Roman blast Joe with a wind machine

Birthday boy: The other showed the Capital FM team having presented Joe with a pink cake on a previous birthday

Birthday boy: The other showed the Capital FM team having presented Joe with a pink cake on a previous birthday

Paying tribute to Joe, he said: ‘Before we can start with our usual show, you may have read that it’s been an incredibly hard week for me personally, as I lost my best friend…  

‘It has completely devastated his family, friends, me, my family. I really want to make sure that I use this time right now to say if you are struggling, then please know that you can reach out…

‘There is always someone you can talk to: your family, friends, colleagues… or anyone from the support charities that are out there… 

Touching: Roman also had a tattoo tribute inked onto his leg, to honour his late friend, who was one of his Capital Breakfast show producers

Memories: He has had the giant tattooed inked onto the same place that Joe had his

Touching: Roman also had a tattoo tribute inked onto his leg, to honour his late friend, who was one of his Capital Breakfast show producers 

‘At ITV there is the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking, which encourages all of us to reach out and talk to someone.’    

Roman also had a tattoo tribute inked onto his leg, to honour his late friend, who was one of his Capital Breakfast show producers. 

Explained why he had chosen his bird design tattoo, he wrote on Instagram: ‘Joe had this tattoo and I always used to say it was awful and looked like a pigeon. So I got it in the same spot…’ 

Tribute: After his friend's death, Roman emotionally addressed fans on his show Sunday Best, urging them to 'reach out'. The episode was touchingly dedicated to Joe

Tribute: After his friend’s death, Roman emotionally addressed fans on his show Sunday Best, urging them to ‘reach out’. The episode was touchingly dedicated to Joe

Best friend: When the DJ discovered that Joe had died, he suddenly went off the air and did not return to Capital Breakfast until the following week

Best friend: When the DJ discovered that Joe had died, he suddenly went off the air and did not return to Capital Breakfast until the following week 

In March, Roman fronted a BBC documentary ‘Our Silent Emergency’ about male suicide and mental health. 

The radio host presented the one-off special in a bid to ‘show that there are ways to reach those who are suffering’ following Joe’s death.

Roman, who has suffered with depression since he was 15, revealed he once considered suicide ,while reflecting on his mental health with mother.

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.

Honest: In March, Roman fronted a BBC documentary 'Our Silent Emergency' about male suicide and mental health

Honest: In March, Roman fronted a BBC documentary ‘Our Silent Emergency’ about male suicide and mental health

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