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Sunday 21 October 2018

Dale Winton died of natural causes, agent confirms

The Supermarket Sweep star died in April.

The late TV star Dale Winton (PA).
The late TV star Dale Winton (PA).

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Dale Winton was found to have died from natural causes, the much-loved presenter’s agent has said.

The Supermarket Sweep star was found dead at a house in north London, which he had moved into just weeks earlier, in April, aged 62.

The office of Dale Winton’s long-time agent, Jan Kennedy, told the Press Association “that the coroner investigating the death of Dale Winton has found death by natural causes”.

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Dale Winton (Tony Harris/PA)

Winton became a household name with game shows such as Supermarket Sweep, Touch The Truck and the National Lottery game show In It To Win It.

Supermarket Sweep, which saw contestants run around a mocked-up shop collecting shopping items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later revived.

David Walliams, Martine McCutcheon and Christopher Biggins were among the stars who attended a humanist service in central London in May, on what would have been Winton’s 63rd birthday.

The send-off included a performance of One Love by boyband Blue and an impersonation of Winton courtesy of Jon Culshaw.

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Pall-bearers carry the coffin of Supermarket Sweep star Dale Winton (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Kennedy previously said in a statement to the Press Association: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

“While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.”

After the sudden news of his death, Paul O’Grady, Davina McCall, Graham Norton, Laurence Fox, Les Dennis, Jack Whitehall and Paddy McGuinness were among those to pay tribute to the man David Walliams described as “always outrageous and hilarious”.

In 2016, Winton opened up about his battle with depression, triggered by a break-up.

“Listen, there are worse things in the world – but I had depression and I didn’t realise,” he told Loose Women.

Scotland Yard previously said the star’s death was being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.

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