Stephen Clements’ family thank public as they announce private funeral
The BBC Radio Ulster presenter died suddenly at the age of 47.
The family of popular broadcaster Stephen Clements have thanked the public for their support and kind words since his sudden death.
They expressed their gratitude as they announced that a funeral service for the BBC Radio Ulster star would now be a private occasion for close family and friends.
The service was originally set to be open to the public.
The sudden death of the 47-year-old was announced by the BBC on Tuesday.
Clements, a married father-of-two, joined the station last summer, having been the long-time presenter of Q Radio’s breakfast show.
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A family statement said: “The service announced last night will now not go ahead. There will be a private service for family and close friends only. We would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words. We appreciate the privacy given to our family at this time.”
Clements’ death prompted an outpouring of tributes across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Having turned Q Radio’s breakfast show into one of the most popular programmes in the region, Clements landed what he described as his “dream” job at the BBC last year.
He worked as a presenter for BBC NI’s coverage of the Open golf championship at Royal Portrush in July, and in September became the new host of Radio Ulster’s mid-morning show.
His brother Gavin described him as his “inspiration and hero”.