The sad news came in this morning that broadcaster Derek Davis had passed away at aged 67 following a short illness. Since the news was announced, tributes have been pouring in from his former colleagues, friends and admirers.

Originally from County Down, Davis began his career as a journalist but was mostly known for his time hosting Ireland's staple afternoon show in the nineties, Live at 3, which ran from 1986 until 1997. Reaching audiences of up to 300,000 at times, it is still Ireland's most successful daytime programme to date.

As well as Live at 3, the presenter hosted a show called Davis at Large back in 1985, a marine show called Out of the Blue in the late nineties. In 2005, he hosted a show called Time on Their Hands, which was a travel series for older people, as well as appearing in an episode of Celebrity Banisteoir, where his team went on to win the tournament.

Davis worked on many radio shows too and even presented the Rose of Tralee back in '95 and '96.

He was most recently seen in an interview on The Saturday Night Show where he discussed the gastric surgery he had undertaken which saw him lose over five stone.

A household name at this stage, Derek will be missed by many and is survived by his wife and three children.

Main Pic image via UTV.