Lembit Opik said David Hamer didn't have "a bitter bone in his body"
Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik has paid a warm tribute to his best friend, who has died suddenly.
The Montgomeryshire MP described David Hamer as an "impressive intellectual and bar room buddy", and said there "wasn't a bitter bone in his body".
Mr Hamer, 46, from Llandyssil, near Montgomery, Powys, was found dead in Borth, Ceredigion, on Wednesday where he had been camping.
Dyfed-Powys Police said there were no suspicious circumstances.
Mr Hamer was a lecturer at Deeside College in Flintshire and had previously worked at Coleg Powys in Newtown.
He was also a friend of Oscar-winning actress Julie Christie, and had lived in a house owned by the Hollywood star in the old county of Montgomeryshire.
Mr Opik, who learned of Mr Hamer's death on Wednesday afternoon, said his friend "was a man on two missions: to instil an appreciation of world music on a superficial public, and to inspire a sense of true political values to a population which prefers to vote for style not content".
Mr Opik said: "He was also a unique combination of impressive intellectual and bar room buddy.
"If you were down, he'd point out that 'suffering is inevitable, but misery is a choice'.
"And he'd do it with a gentleness of spirit which belied his heart, his warmth - there wasn't a bitter bone in his body."
He added: "He was my best friend from the year I met him to the day he died. Go easy my friend, though you left too soon."