“At 10am we were advised that the body of a male person was discovered at Paddington rail station. Officers are investigating the identity and circumstances surrounding the death which is being treated as unexplained.”
The 42 year old was best known for presenting popular children's art show smART, but had most recently been in the news due to the drug-related death of his fiancee Natasha Collins. He was last seen on Monday afternoon boarding a southbound Bakerloo Line train heading towards the centre of London, before going missing, and his father Oliver appealed this week for him to get in touch.
"Caring and compassionate in everything he did, Mark was truly gifted in life and we are proud to have represented him as a friend and client for almost 20 years. He was blessed with a remarkable personality, great artistic talents and the wonderful warm ability to communicate those skills with people, especially children of all ages. With his sensitivity of spirit, coupled with his dynamic presence and natural enthusiasm, he was loved and respected by his adoring family, friends and colleagues everywhere in the media."
UPDATE: British Transport Police have said the body, believed to be that of Mark Speight, was found hanging on the roof of MacMillan House, adjacent to Paddington station. The body was out of public view.
UPDATE: An inquest into Mark's death has heard that the children's TV presenter left two suicide notes.
Our thoughts are with both Mark and Natasha's families.