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01st Sep 2022

Former BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull dies aged 66

Charlie Herbert

Bill Turnbull dies aged 66

He presented BBC Breakfast for 15 years

Broadcaster Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66, his representatives have confirmed.

He had presented the BBC’s flagship morning news show for 15 years until his departure in 2016, when he moved to Classic FM.

In 2018, he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Before his stint on BBC Breakfast, Turnbull worked as a reporter on BBC Radio 4’s Today, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC News 24.

In 2005, he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, finishing in sixth place alongside partner Karen Hauer.

In November 2017, it was whilst filming a celebrity edition of The Great British Bake Off for the same channel in aid of Stand Up to Cancer that he found out he had the disease himself.

He later fronted a Channel 4 documentary called Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive, in which he explored the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes.

Following the news of his passing, a number of tributes have poured in from across the world of television.

TV critic and journalist Scott Bryan described Turnbull as a “breakfast television legend.”

Former BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker said it was “an honour to sit on his sofa.”

The news broke during the broadcast of Thursday morning’s BBC Breakfast show.

His former colleagues Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt paid an emotional tribute on BBC Breakfast.

Munchetty said: “His energy was amazing. He came into this programme and threw everything at it. He was funny; he was a brilliant journalist. He loved this programme and he loved serving you, the audience.”

Stayt added that Turnbull “didn’t take himself too seriously”.

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