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TV legend Keith Chegwin, dies aged 60

Legendary British TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died aged 60.

11th December 2017
/ By Matthew Whitehouse

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Keith Chegwin – known affectionately by friends and fans as Cheggers – was best known for shows The Big Breakfast, Cheggers Plays Pop, Celebrity Big Brother and Extras and died at home in Shropshire with his family by his side.

A statement from his family said: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Severn Hospice for the kindness, support and care they have shown us all over the last few weeks. 

“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”

Born in 1957 in Liverpool, UK, Chegwin's career began as a West End actor and in a number of TV shows.

He then began presenting television in the 1970s, becoming a household name in shows like Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore.

In the 1990s he presented a segment for The Big Breakfast called Down Your Doorstep, and then later went on to host the show for a further year.

Chegwin also presented Channel 5's infamous, nudist gameshow Naked Jungle which he said was “the worst career move” of his life and also starred in an episode of comedian Ricky Gervais's satirical show Extras where he gamely poked fun at himself.

On hearing the news, showbiz friends and fans took to Twitter to offer their condolences:

"I’m absolutely devastated to hear that my friend Keith Chegwin has died.He was one of the nicest people I have ever known and over the years we did shows together and became great friends. Keith RIP," wrote BBC Radio 2 DJ Tony Blackburn.

And ITV's Lorraine Kelly added: "Very sad to hear about the death of Keith Chegwin. A kind, funny, brave man who seized the day."

Take Me Out presenter and comedian Paddy McGuinness wrote: "Such sad news. Very much a part of my childhood. RIP Keith Chegwin."

Keith Chegwin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Reality TV Awards in 2012. 

His final TV appearance was on Celebrity Masterchef in 2015.