Roman Kemp issues emotional mental health plea following death of best pal Joe Lyons

Roman Kemp issues emotional mental health plea following death of best pal Joe Lyons

Roman Kemp today urged anyone who is “struggling” with their mental health to seek the help they need.

The 27-year-old Capital Breakfast presenter, who appeared alongside his dad Martin on this morning’s episode of Martin and Roman’s Sunday Best, addressed the tragic death of radio producer and friend Joe Lyons.

Joe’s cause of death has not been confirmed.

Speaking to viewers before they started the show proper, Roman took the time to say a few words about his “best friend.”

“Before we can start with our usual show, you may have read that it’s been an incredibly hard week for me personally,” he said.

Roman urged ‘struggling’ viewers to get what help they needed

“I lost my best friend, and I was completely devastated. His family, his friends, me, my family, my mum and dad know him very well…and I really want to make sure that I use this time right now to say that if you are struggling, then please know that you can reach out.

“There is always someone that you can talk to. Your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone…anyone from the support charities that are out there.

“At ITV, there is the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking which encourages all of us to reach out and talk to someone.

Roman has described Joe as his ‘best friend’ and his ‘brother’

Roman took time away from Capital after learning of Joe’s death

“So, for more information and help, please visit”

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Earlier this week, Roman paid tribute to Joe upon returning to his Capital show, alongside co-stars Sian Welby and Sonny Jay.

“I never thought I’d have to do this ever,” he said, “Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends.

He told viewers about ITV’s Britain Get Talking, which encourages people to reach out and help each other with mental health issues

Roman used the time to send an important message

“Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.”

Roman added: “We are trying to process this all together. We wanted to share this news with you.”

Later Roman recalled: “He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything. I don’t know sitting in a radio studio without him.”

He made his return to Capital on Monday with a tribute to Joe

If you are affected by this story there are many people who would be happy to talk to you:


If you need to talk and don’t know where to turn to, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively you can email [email protected] or visit the website to find your local branch.


If you or somebody you know is experiencing a mental health problem, SANEline’s helpline is open between 4.30pm and 10.30pm every day on 0300 304 7000.


The mental health charity Mind has resources aimed at helping you cope with and plan for a crisis. Visit their website for details on helplines, how to access crisis services and what to do if you’re unable to get help yourself.

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– In an emergency, dial 999 for urgent help

Since his death, tributes have poured in for Joe from fans and celebrities alike.

At the end of the show, a picture of Joe showed, alongside the words: “This show is dedicated to our friend Joe Lyons.”

If you’re struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operates a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] if you’d prefer to write down how you feel. You are not alone.

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