BBC Radio Wales presenter Chris Needs has died at the age of 68 after battling a short illness.

Needs, who joined the BBC in 1996 and hosted his nightly show for 18 years, died on Sunday from a heart condition.

The presenter from Cwmafan, Neath Port Talbot, was also a classical pianist and actor and was awarded an MBE in 2005.

Posting a statement on Instagram, the radio station said: "It is with enormous sadness and regret that we confirm the death of Chris Needs MBE following a short period of ill health.

"Through his Friendly Garden, Chris brought pleasure and comfort to thousands of listeners, from all over the world, who treated him like a true friend."

Paying tribute BBC Radio Wales editor Colin Paterson said he was a "giant of Welsh radio".

Comedians Mike Bubbins and Mike Doyle have paid tribute to him on Twitter.