‘Baddest, Dumbest Guy’: Zoe Ball pays moving tribute to late Radio 1 colleague Simon Willis after tragic death at age 50 after 3-year battle with cancer
Zoe Ball paid tribute to highly regarded Radio 1 producer Simon Willis, who died Tuesday night.
Simon had been battling cancer for three years, tragically succumbing to the disease at the age of 50.
Zoe, 50, took to social media to post a moving tribute to Simon, with whom she worked on Radio 1 from 1998.
Tragic: Zoe Ball paid tribute to beloved Radio 1 producer Simon Willis who died on Tuesday night
Beside photos of them together, she wrote: ‘Heartbroken to hear our dear friend Willy, Simon Willis from our Radio 1 Breakfast Show team, passed away last night.
“He had been going bad for some time. He was the nastiest, silliest of guys, deliciously hilarious, the best storyteller, and a total joy to work and play with.
“ He took us on wonderful wild adventures with the show, oh the tales. The Oscars, the ski trips, the Euros, the Brits. Forever in our Showbiz Willis hearts. The best of the best baby [sic]’
Zoe was the very first woman to host the Radio 1 breakfast show, with Simon playing a role.
Pioneers: Zoe was the very first woman to host the Radio 1 breakfast show, with Simon playing a pivotal role [pictured last week]
Installment: Tributes poured in for Simon on Wednesday
His colleague Scott Mills wrote under the post: ‘So sad. A brilliant, hilarious and charming man. I wouldn’t be on Radio 1 without Simon. The best of the best! ‘
Jo Whiley wrote a similar tribute to Simon, posting: ‘We woke up to the news that we have lost our beloved Willy aka Simon Willis and that today our family is private.
You could say there were three of us in our marriage. And that was the perfect recipe. I. My husband Steve and Willy. It was my husband Doctor Who, we both loved musical theater with a passion and together we were true radio geeks.
“Steve and Willy were like Morecambe and Wise, except I never knew which was which. I suspect they were both Eric. Their love for each other was evident to everyone and I have never seen two friends laugh more together than them.
Jo Whiley wrote a similar tribute to Simon, posting: ‘We woke up to the news that we have lost our beloved Willy aka Simon Willis and that today our family is private’
Former friends: Zoe, 50, took to social media to post an emotional tribute to Simon, whom she worked with on Radio 1 from 1998
“ Willy was the godfather of all of our children and they absolutely and totally adored him. We have been fortunate to have spent many precious moments with him throughout our lives together and in the last few months and weeks when he was not doing well.
“ He celebrated his 30 / 40th and 50th birthday with us and we had a great time. I have never met anyone who knew Nik Kershaw’s back catalog as Willy.
“Willy was unique. The funniest man you have ever met and everyone who knew him will have their own favorite story to tell about “What Willy Did …” Godammit Willy … what are we going to do without you ?? “
Sad loss: Simon had been battling cancer for three years, tragically succumbing to the disease at the age of 50