Tributes paid to "lovely, warm, kind" TV host
Dale Winton has passed away, aged 62.
As BBC News reports, the TV presenter’s agent has confirmed news of Winton’s death. Winton is said to have died at his home earlier today (April 18).
The star’s 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.”
Winton is best known for hosting Supermarket Sweep from 1993 to 2000 and again in 2007. He also presented the National Lottery game show In It to Win It from 2002 until 2016.
He recently returned to screens for Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive on Channel 5 in February of this year.
Fellow TV stars have led tributes to Winton, with Davina McCall describing the late star as a “lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty”.
Graham Norton said that Winton “gave me the best bit of showbiz advice I ever got – Don’t quit the hit!”.
Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, described Winton as “an immensely well loved individual who brought a wonderfully unique and special energy to the many programmes he presented over the years,” adding that he was “extremely kind, brilliantly funny and was a true gentleman”.
Blur‘s Graham Coxon recalled meeting Winton, tweeting: “What a shame about Dale Winton! I sang a Bert Jansch song while sitting next to him on a radio show once. He struck me as being a really lovely man. Bye, Dale and thank you for your encouraging words.”
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