Roman Kemp urges ‘struggling’ fans to reach out for help after being left ‘devastated’ by friend’s death
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Roman Kemp has urged "struggling" fans to reach out for support after he was left "devastated" by his friend's untimely death.
The 27 year old had disappeared during a live show on Capital FM Breakfast on 5 August after being told the dreadful news that a former colleague and friend, radio producer Joe Lyons, had died.
Now the reality star has addressed the horrific death of his pal on his TV show Martin and Roman's Sunday Best, issuing an emotional mental health plea to all those who might be struggling with mental health.
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Wearing a smart beige short-sleeved shirt, he told viewers: "You may have read that it's been an incredible hard week for me as I lost my best friend and was completely devastated.
"His family, his friends, me, my family – my mum and dad know him very well – and I really want to make sure that I use this time right now to be able to say that if you are struggling then please know that you can reach out, there is always someone that you can talk to, your family, your friends, colleagues or anyone."
Roman, who recently displayed his tribute tattoo to his pal, added: "Anyone from the support charities that are out there and at ITV there's the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking which encourages all of us to reach out and talk to someone."
On Monday, 16 August, Roman broke down in tears as he announced the death of Capital Breakfast produce Joe.
He described Joe, who had worked at media company Global for nine years, as his “best friend” as he told listeners of the tragedy.
“We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I’d have to do this ever,” Roman said through tears.
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“Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family. We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you."
Roman contined: “Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years. He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.
“He was with me right from my very first show. He taught be everything. I don’t know sitting in a radio studio without him."
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Roman added as he spoke of their close bond: “He’s the person I’d sit here and rinse constantly. He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His dad Ivan, his mum Celia, his sister Lou.
“He did love his friends… his fans, he did have fans. The thing he loved most of all was doing this show, you listening.
“He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you every day.”
If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.
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