TV legend Keith Chegwin, dies aged 60
Legendary British TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died aged 60.
Keith Chegwin – known affectionately by friends and fans as Cheggers – was bestknown for shows The Big Breakfast, Cheggers Plays Pop, Celebrity Big Brother and Extras and diedat home in Shropshire with his family by his side.
Astatement from his family said: “We are heartbroken to share thenews that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-termbattle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonaryfibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.”
“Wewould like to take this opportunity to thank Severn Hospice for thekindness, support and care they have shown us all over the last fewweeks.
“Keithwas a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Wewould respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”
Bornin 1957 in Liverpool, UK, Chegwin's career began as a West End actor andin a number of TV shows.
He then began presenting television in the 1970s, becoming a household namein shows like Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore.
Inthe 1990s he presented a segment for The Big Breakfast called DownYour Doorstep, and then later went on to host the show for a furtheryear.
Chegwin also presented Channel 5's infamous, nudist gameshow Naked Junglewhich 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 hegamely poked fun at himself.
On hearing the news, showbizfriends 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 theNational Reality TV Awards in 2012.
His final TV appearance was on CelebrityMasterchef in 2015.Tags: