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Memorial for TV presenter Speight

Kirsten O'Brien at the memorial
Kirsten O'Brien was Mr Speight's co-host on SMart

The life of the children's television presenter Mark Speight, 42, has been celebrated at a memorial service.

Friends and family attended the service at the Parish Church of Saint Paul - also known as "the actors' church" - in Covent Garden on Wednesday.

Mr Speight, who presented CBBC art show SMart, hanged himself in April after the drug-related death of his fiancee.

His father, Oliver, launched a charity in Mr Speight's name that will help nurture artistic talent in children.

Presenter Rolf Harris, Zoe Ball and Mr Speight's co-host on SMart, Kirsten O'Brien, were among those who remembered the popular host at the ceremony.

Sleeping tablets

In April, Mr Speight was found dead in a remote area of Paddington railway station, in central London, with a suicide note in his pocket.

His fiancee Natasha Collins died at the couple's flat in St John's Wood, north-west London, in January after taking cocaine, sleeping tablets and alcohol.

Soon after her death Mr Speight resigned from the show, which he had been a part of for 14 years.

In May, hundreds of people attended his funeral in Wolverhampton, where Mr Speight was raised and educated.

Oliver Speight created SP8 Of The Art - The Mark Speight Foundation in May and it was launched at the memorial service on Wednesday afternoon.




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