Former Radio 1 DJ and the founder of aerial filming firm Flying TV Mike Smith has died aged 59.

Smith died on Friday following complications from major heart surgery.

According to a statement on Flying TV’s website, his wife Sarah Greene, his family and colleagues Mona Wyer and Jonathan Penny were with him when he died.

Smith’s association with the BBC began as a freelance producer and presenter in the late 1970s. He went on to spend six years at Radio 1 between 1982 and 1988.

His TV career included co-hosting The Late, Late Breakfast Show with Noel Edmonds, and stints presenting Top of the Pops. He was also one of the hosts of the BBC’s coverage of Live Aid.

Smith, a keen helicopter pilot, founded Flying TV in 2003 with the aim of simplifying aerial filming. The company provided aerial shots for programmes including Top Gear and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The statement on the Flying TV website read: “It is with great pride that Mona, JP and Sarah will ensure that Flying TV continues with Mike’s absolute determination to bring you the very best that aerial filming and photography can offer.”