Zoe Ball has spoken out after the death of her boyfriend, Billy Yates, who hanged himself at his Putney home in early May.

Radio DJ, Zoe Ball has broken her silence following the recent sudden passing of her boyfriend Billy Yates, who was found dead at the age of 40 just two weeks ago.

Ball took to Twitter earlier this week to thank fans for their comments, responding to a number of messages from people who had also lost loved ones.

The 46-year-old also praised the BBC and a number of charities after the corporation broadcast a repeat of Angela Samata’s documentary Life After Suicide as part of its Mental Health Awareness Week listing.

“Thank you @Angelasamata & BBC documentaries team for #LifeAfterSuicide documentary,” she wrote.

To one fan who told Zoe, “You must be sad, bewildered and wondering what the point is,” she replied: “pretty much spot on. Thank you for your kindness. Means so very much. Love xxx”

Zoe partnered with Billy Yates, who worked as a cameraman for the Antiques Roadshow, after separating from her former-husband, Norman Cook.

When the news broke that Yates had been found dead in his flat in Putney, London on May 5, a spokesperson for Zoe said that she was “devastated” by the discovery and requested privacy from the media.

The presenter also paid a touching tribute to her “sweet love” on Instagram, in the form of a beautiful pink flower.

My sweet love X

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