Vernon Kay has paid tribute to Radio 1 presenter Steve Wright, who died at the age of 69..

Steve worked on both Radio 1 and 2 during his career.

The radio DJ was last on air on Sunday for a Valentine’s Day show.

In a statement his family said: "It is with deep sorrow and profound regret that we announce the passing of our beloved Steve Wright.

"In addition to his son, Tom, and daughter, Lucy, Steve leaves behind his brother, Laurence and his father Richard. Also, much-loved close friends and colleagues, and millions of devoted radio listeners who had the good fortune and great pleasure of allowing Steve into their daily lives as one of the UK's most enduring and popular radio personalities.

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"As we all grieve, the family requests privacy at this immensely difficult time."

Since then, tributes have been pouring in from celebrities who were influenced by the radio legend.

Vernon Kay, a BBC Radio 2 presenter from Bolton, posted a heartfelt tribute to his Instagram account.

He said: “Words, alone, do not feel enough, to attempt to describe the respect I had, for this man; this titan of radio and someone I was so proud to call a friend.

“Thank you Steve, for the decades of joy you brought to the airwaves, entertaining us all with your wit, warmth and that most wonderful of voices.

“On a personal level I’ll never forget your kindness for mentoring me in my early years of radio broadcasting, for the hours we spent chatting and laughing on the phone.

“You always so generously imparted your wisdom and advice.

“The word “ legend “ was truly made for you Steve. You will be so missed by everyone.

Rest in peace, my friend.”

Fellow Bolton born radio DJ, Sara Cox also paid tribute to Steve on her own show.

She told listeners during her slot on the radio station that her fellow DJs were “absolutely shattered”.

She said: “It’s really hard to know what to say about the news of Steve Wright’s passing, except we are all absolutely devastated and shocked and blindsided by this news."

Following Sara's show, she was trending on Twitter for the way her show honoured the late star.

Bolton comedian and presenter Paddy McGuinness also paid his own tribute to Steve.

He said: "A giant of broadcasting who made the job look effortless. Steve Wright in the afternoon was a big part of my formative years. It was such an honour to appear on his shows and see the master at work. RIP Steve Wright."

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Other celebrities who have paid tribute include, former Top Gear star Richard Hammond, Radio 1 DJ Greg James, and former Pointless host and author, Richard Osman.

Steve joined BBC Radio 1 in 1980 where he hosted a morning show and later switched to an afternoon show.

Steve then fronted the breakfast show until 1995 before a break, after which he retuned to the station for two shows.