Wednesday 22 August 2018

Tributes paid as TV presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62

Dale Winton attending the Frost Summer Party Fundraiser in London. The presenter has died at the age of 62, his agent has said PA Wire
Dale Winton attending the Frost Summer Party Fundraiser in London. The presenter has died at the age of 62, his agent has said PA Wire
Dale Winton in Supermarket Sweep
Dale Winton promoting his new game show The Other Half at a BBC programme launch. The presenter has died at the age of 62, his agent has said. PA Wire
File photo dated 30/01/1997 of Dale Winton doing a 'Supermarket Sweep' in Brent Cross, London, to promote the midweek National Lottery. /PA Wire
File photo dated 27/09/2000 of Dale Winton at the premiere of Billy Elliot in London. PA Wire
File photo dated 14/12/02 of Dale Winton backstage at the British Comedy Awards in London. PA Wire
File photo dated 14/12/1997 of Dale Winton arriving at the British Comedy Awards in London. PA Wire
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Tributes have been paid to "well-loved" Dale Winton after his death aged 62.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement: "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."

No further details were announced.

The TV stalwart was a firm fixture on the box, hosting Supermarket Sweep, Touch The Truck and the National Lottery game show In It To Win It.

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: "Dale was an immensely well-loved individual who brought a wonderfully unique and special energy to the many programmes he presented over the years.

"He was extremely kind, brilliantly funny and was a true gentleman.

"It is incredibly sad news that he is no longer with us.

"All our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time."

His death prompted a range of TV stars to share their memories of, and tributes to, Winton.

Davina McCall said on Twitter: "I am so so so sad to hear about Dale Winton a lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty ! RIP."

Other celebrities who posted messages expressing their condolences included Boy George, Kate Thornton, Nick Knowles and Nell McAndrew.

TV presenter Thornton wrote: "Sleep tight #DaleWinton. Always such a gent, such a laugh and such a pro. Taken way too soon"

Singer Julian Clary wrote: "Terribly sad to hear the lovely Dale Winton has died. Kind, sweet, truthful man."

While Nick Knowles, who worked with Winton, added: "Lovely man. Kind & mischievous, generous & a great story teller. Same production crew for In it & Who Dares. We'll all miss him."

Nell McAndrew, who married Winton in a BBC3 spoof, posted a picture of the couple on their happy day.

She wrote: "Dale Winton was always warm and kind. Special memories of a lovely man, often bumped in to each other in the supermarket or on the high street as neighbours before sharing an extra special day together for our 'wedding'

"Thoughts with his family and friends. Lovely, handsome kind man."

TV star Paddy McGuinness said Winton was "the perfect host".

"Sad news," he said on Twitter. "Back in the day Supermarket Sweep was the programme to watch.

"Dale Winton was the perfect host, he made it all look effortless. RIP."

Ant McPartlin's estranged wife Lisa Armstrong revealed she had seen the star just one week before his death.

"Absolutely gutted, only saw him last week. He was one of life’s true gentleman, a heart of gold with a wicked sense of humour. RIP lovely man x" she wrote on Twitter, adding, "What a kind beautiful soul you are. Will never forget your words and support. RIP #dalewinton".

Graham Norton also paid tribute to Winton on Twitter, writing, "Dale Winton gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got – Don’t quit the hit! Thank you Dale."

Read more: From Supermarket Sweep to Dale’s Great Getaway – Dale Winton’s gameshows

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