BBC presenter found dead

Body of Mark Speight found after six days missing
Monday , 14 April 2008
BBC presenter found dead

A body of a man believed to be missing BBC kids' TV presenter MARK SPEIGHT has been found in a remote area of London's Paddington railway station, UK police have revealed

Reports say Mr Speight - who was a favourite on children's TV - was found hanging from a tree six days after he disappeared.

But officers have said the cause of death of the man, who was found at 10am on Sunday, is "unexplained" - but have confirmed he was not hit by a train.

Mr Speight, 42, was reported missing last Monday, three months after the tragic death of his fiancée and fellow children's TV presenter Natasha Collins, who was found dead in the bath of their North London home in January.

Shorrtly after her death Mr Speight was arrested on suspicion of murder and supplying cocaine, but no charges were ever brought against him.

An inquest in to Miss Collins' death this month revealed she was found dead in the bath with 60% burns after taking a cocktail of cocaine and sleeping tablets.

Relatives of Mr Speight have been informed of the discovery, but no formal identification has yet taken place.

Fears grew for the TV star's wellbeing after he failed to meet with Miss Collins' mother Carmen, who reported he was in a "fragile state of mind" after the death of the 31-year-old, urging him "not to give up" during his troubled time of grief.

CCTV recorded the last sighting of the star, which showed him boarding a train on London Underground's Bakerloo Line, which stops at Paddington station as part of its route.

A popular kids' TV presenter, Speight worked on BBC children's art show SmArt for 14 years, but quit the show in February after the death of Collins.

A BBC representative says, "This is very sad news and our thoughts and sympathies are with Mark's family and friends. Mark was a hugely talented and very popular presenter for many years."