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Zoe Ball's cameraman boyfriend found dead at the age of 40

The star found love with Billy Yates following the end of her marriage to Norman Cook

Gemma Strong

Zoe Ball is mourning the sudden death of her boyfriend Billy Yates. According to the Sun, Billy – a cameraman for The Antiques Roadshow – was found dead at his home in London on Thursday night. He was 40 years old. A friend told the newspaper that Zoe is overwhelmed by shock and grief following his passing. "She is completely and utterly devastated," the source said. "Billy had made her happy again after the most horrendous year when her marriage broke down. This was completely out of the blue. She had no feeling that this was coming and is in total shock.

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"As far as we know this occurred at his house in London and it was friends who raised the alarm. She's going to need a lot of time to grieve.This just feels so unfair because Zoe had finally found happiness with Billy and had so many exciting plans for their future. It's devastating. There's nothing else other than devastation today."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed in a statement: "Police were called to a residential address in Putney, South London at 18.40 on Thursday 4th May, to reports of a man found deceased. Officers attended alongside staff from the London Ambulance Service, and a man believed to be aged 40 was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances are not being treated as suspicious, and the coroner has been informed."

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