TEESIDE-BASED Radio DJ Simon Bolton tragically died on Christmas Eve after being hospitalized with Covid-19.

The 54-year-old worked at Zetland FM at the time of his death.

Who was Simon Bolton?

Simon Bolton was a Teeside-based Radio presenter who worked at Zetland FM in Redcar and Cleveland, having joined the station at its' launch in 2015.

According to a statement issued by the station, Simon was "born and bred" in Redcar and attended Sacred Heart School.

Simon was survived by his wife of 17 years, Joanne, and his 16-year-old daughter Leyla.

After his death, Joanne said: "He was well-known by people! He had a good gob on him, he could talk for England!"

She added that "being a radio presenter was what he wanted to do."

How did Simon Bolton die?

Simon passed away at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after battling Covid-19.

He had been admitted with the virus on Wednesday December 22 and tragically lost his life two days later, on Christmas Eve.

On December 26, Zetland FM shared the sad news with Simon's fans.

They said in a statement: "Simon will be hugely missed by all his colleagues, friends and listeners at Zetland FM and we send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Joanne, daughter Leyla, family and friends."

Simon had previously suffered health problems and had begun producing his show at home after having to have his leg amputated.

What radio shows did Simon present?

Simon worked at Zetland FM, a local radio station based in Redcar and Cleveland, a town in North-East England.

Simon had been a staple on the station since its' launch in 2015 and had worked on a number of shows across the station – including the Monday sports show, Weekend breakfast and a rock music show that broadcast every Friday.

He had recently spearheaded Radio Revivals, a show aimed at bringing forgotten radio hits back to the airwaves.

His wife Joanne said the show was "his passion".

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