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Roman Kemp seen for the first time with new tattoo tribute to friend Joe Lyons after his sudden death

ROMAN Kemp has been seen for the first time with his new tattoo tribute to friend Joe Lyons.

Roman’s Capital FM producer pal died suddenly last week.

The presenter had a bird tattooed on his leg in memory of Joe and the artwork could clearly be seen as he strolled along in the sunshine.

Roman looked up from his mobile phone as he walked along to work at the radio offices in London’s Leicester Square.

With his hair scrapped back, he wore a brightly-coloured tie-dye top with shorts, while holding a crisp shirt and jacket in his arms.

Earlier this week the star broke down in tears when he announced his friend Joe had sadly passed away.

Roman, 27, then revealed he’d got the exact same tattoo on his leg that Joe had.

Sharing the first photo on his Instagram Story, he wrote: “Joe had this tattoo and I always used to say it was awful and looked like a pigeon.”

In the next photo, Roman is laying on a tattoo parlour bed, with the design on his leg, writing: “So I got it in the same spot…”

He then shared a side-by-side comparison of the two tattoos.

The I’m A Celeb star took a leave of absence last Tuesday after the death of the show’s producer Joe.

Joe’s cause of death has not been revealed.

Yesterday, Roman choked up as he spoke about the death, saying: “We wanted to share some really sad news. I never thought I’d have to do this ever.

“Last Tuesday, very suddenly, we lost one of our best friends. Our producer Joe, he was a member of the Capital Breakfast family.

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

He continued: “Joe had worked for Global, the parent company, for nine years.

“He was the very first person I met when I walked through the door. I remember thinking he was a bit of a Del Boy.

“He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything I didn’t know about sitting in a radio studio without him.”

Opening up about their special friendship, Roman added: “He’s the person I’d sit here with and rinse constantly.

“He loved dogs. Obsessed with his daily step count. Never ironed his clothes. He loved his family so much. His dad Ivan, his mum Celia, his sister Lou.

“He did love his friends… his fans, he did have fans. The thing he loved most of all was doing this show, you listening.

“He was like a genius coming up with these ideas. He was driven by the reaction from you every day.”

Joe’s friend and Capital Breakfast presenter Vick Hope, shared her heartbreak on Monday morning as she paid tribute to Joe and said she hoped he was “at peace”.

Roman has presented on Capital FM since 2014, and last year appeared on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! finishing in third place.

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