The Radio 2 DJ left a heartbreaking note with his stand-in Vassos Alexander, saying the 92-year-old was now at “peace”.
The 52-year-old revealed how he had only discovered the tragic news shortly before going on air before describing her as “incredible”.
"Chris isn't here,” the last-minute host started. “He has been here. But he had to go just before we went on air.
"But he's left a note for me to read out on air. This is very difficult because he is one of my best friends."
Vassos then read out a statement from Chris, who admitted his mum would have been furious at home for missing the broadcast.iPhone transfer software
But it's all OK, in fact it's very OK, mum needed to be at peace
It stated: “The reason I'm not with you today is because just before I came on air my mum passed away and I needed to go straight back home to be with my family.
"But it's all OK, in fact it's very OK, mum needed to be at peace.”
Chris went on: ”Moreover she needed to be at peace for some time now and as she has throughout her life in death she has brought us together.
"She was an incredible woman. Anyone who has ever met her will tell you that an ultimately there was no battle lost only a life won. Every single day. I'll be back tomorrow.”
The former Top Gear star signed off: ”If mum had the first idea I might not have shown up today because of her she would have been furious.
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“I hope you have a lovely Thursday. See you tomorrow."
Listeners took to Twitter to pay tribute after hearing Chris’ words, with one user posting: “Very sorry to hear you have lose your mum."
A second agreed: “So sad to hear that your darling mum Minnie has passed away. I loved hearing about your