The Radio 2 DJ is said to be ‘overcome with grief’ after her 40-year-old partner Billy Yates was discovered at his flat in Putney, south London, yesterday evening.
Ball, 46, revealed she had started dating Yates, an Antiques Roadshow cameraman earlier this year.
Friends say Ball has been left grief-stricken by her boyfriend’s death, ‘which came completely out of the blue’.
The pair’s romance came after she split from her husband of 18 years Norman Cook last September.
She met the 40-year-old Antiques Roadshow cameraman through mutual friends at the BBC.
The pair had been spotted out together on numerous occasions, with a source previously saying Zoe was ‘in a great place and very happy with Billy’.