TV and radio presenter Dale Winton has died on the age of 62.
The previous Grocery store Sweep host died at his house earlier on Wednesday, his long-term agent Jan Kennedy stated.
Winton spent almost a decade internet hosting the ITV daytime hit but in addition hosted the BBC’s lottery present In It To Win It and appeared in recreation present Gap In The Wall.
Friend and fellow TV presenter Davina McCall described him as a “pretty, heat, sort, delicate, beneficiant soul with a contact of naughty!”
Comedian David Walliams said he was “heartbroken” to listen to of the loss of life of his good friend.
Winton’s agent didn’t give particulars on the reason for loss of life however stated: “Whereas we all know many will share this horrible loss, we ask that you simply respect the household’s privateness presently of grief.”
Kate Phillips, controller leisure commissioning on the BBC, stated Winton was “an immensely well-loved particular person” and praised his “splendidly distinctive and particular power” that he delivered to TV programmes.
“He was extraordinarily sort, brilliantly humorous and was a real gentleman,” she stated.
Winton began his profession as a DJ in London resulting in work on native radio.
In 1986 he joined BBC Bristol to current Pet Look ahead to BBC One.
However his massive break got here with ITV’s daytime present Grocery store Sweep, which he hosted from 1993 to 2001 and once more when it was rebooted in 2007. Contestants on the present have been tasked with working spherical a grocery store amassing objects to win a money prize.
He went on to work on prime-time reveals together with the Nationwide Lottery’s In It To Win It and he hosted his personal Christmas specials and movie star visitor reveals.
Extra lately Winton, who was recognized for his tanned look, made a present for Channel 5 referred to as Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive. Channel 5 stated the ultimate episodes have been on account of air in June.
In an interview with the Times in 2008, Winton spoke about popping out as homosexual on the age of 47.
He stated he had not come out earlier than as a result of no-one had ever requested him.
Winton additionally instructed the paper that he would keep up each evening till the early hours, writing materials forward of his then new BBC present Gap within the Wall.
“I’ve all the time been a grafter,” he stated.
Winton was born in Marylebone, London in 1955. His mom, Sheree, who was an actress, died from an overdose shortly after his 21st birthday.
He instructed ITV’s Free Girls present in 2016 about his wrestle with despair and stated: “I all the time thought, ‘Recover from your self.’ However my mum died of it. It exists and anyone on the market who has had it is aware of it exists. I did not wish to put one foot in entrance of the opposite however for a few actually good mates.”
One of many mates his named on the present as supporting him was Walliams, with Winton saying “he has stored me going”.
Different mates and movie star colleagues have paid tribute to the TV star on social media.
Singer and friend Boy George – who appeared on Winton’s episode of That is Your Life in 2000 – stated he was “shocked” to listen to of the loss of life and described Winton as “a candy man”.
Actor and presenter Sherrie Hewson, who labored with Winton “many instances” stated: “So very unhappy concerning the attractive Dale Winton… 62 is not any age it is exhausting to imagine he is gone.”
Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker, who appeared in a celeb particular of Winton’s present The Different Half, stated Winton was a “attractive bloke”.
Former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis said Winton was “a stunning, heat man who posed appeal”.
TV presenter Paddy McGuinness said: Winton was “the right host” and made presenting look “easy”.
Revealed at Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:34:31 +0000