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Mother of tragic TV presenter Mark Speight found dead

PUBLISHED: 17:50 08 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:22 07 September 2010

LONDON - AUGUST 06:  Jackie Speight holds on to a young member of the family as they leave a memorial service for the TV presenter Mark Speight at St Paul' s Church Covent Garden on August 6, 2008 in London, England. The TV presenter comitted suicide on  April 13, 2008 and his body was found days later next to Paddington train station in London.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

LONDON - AUGUST 06: Jackie Speight holds on to a young member of the family as they leave a memorial service for the TV presenter Mark Speight at St Paul' s Church Covent Garden on August 6, 2008 in London, England. The TV presenter comitted suicide on April 13, 2008 and his body was found days later next to Paddington train station in London. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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THE mother of tragic children's TV presenter Mark Speight has died after suffering a suspected stroke. Jacqueline Speight, 62, was found dead by her youngest son at her home in Wolverhampton on Thursday. Friends say she was heartbroken after the death of

Mark Speight

THE mother of tragic children's TV presenter Mark Speight has died after suffering a suspected stroke.

Jacqueline Speight, 62, was found dead by her youngest son at her home in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

Friends say she was heartbroken after the death of Mr Speight, 42, who hung himself near Paddington railway station in April this year.

It is widely believed he was unable to come to terms with the accidental death of his fiancee and fellow presenter, Natasha Collins, 31.

Mr Speight found Miss Collins' body in the bath at the flat the couple shared in St John's Wood following an alcohol and cocaine binge in January. An inquest five days before the discovery of Mr Speight's body, found she died from cocaine toxicity and immersion in hot water.

Family friends said his mother had been "deeply affected" by the deaths and had not been well recently.

Mr Speight hosted the BBC's show SMart.


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