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TV presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62

Dale Winton doing a "Supermarket Sweep" in 1997 to promote the National LotteryImage copyrightPA

TV presenter Dale Winton, who hosted Supermarket Sweep, has died at the age of 62, his agent has said.

He died at his home earlier on Wednesday, his long-term agent Jan Kennedy said in a statement.

He appeared on a wide range of shows, including the BBC’s lottery show In It To Win It and game show Hole In The Wall.

TV presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62
TV presenter Dale Winton dies aged 62

Fellow TV presenter Davina McCall described him as a “lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty!”

TV presenter Paddy McGuinness said: “Back in the day Supermarket Sweep was the programme to watch.”

Boy George said he was “shocked” to hear of the death and described Winton as “a sweet man”.

Winton’s agent said: “While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief,” she said.

She did not give details on the cause of death.

Winton started his career as a DJ in London leading to work on local radio.

In 1986 he joined BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 and ITV.

More recently Winton, who was known for his tanned appearance, made a show for Channel 5 called Dale Winton’s Florida Fly Drive.

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Image caption Actor David Walliams (r) said he was heartbroken by the death of his friend

In an interview with the Times in 2008, Winton spoke about coming out as gay at the age of 47.

He said he had not come out before because no-one had ever asked him.

Winton also told the paper that he would stay up every night until the early hours, writing material ahead of his then new BBC show “Hole in the Wall”.

“I’ve always been a grafter,” he said.

Winton was born in Marylebone, London in 1955. His mother, Sheree, who was an actress, died from an overdose shortly after his 21st birthday.

He told ITV’s Loose Women show in 2006 about his struggle with depression and said: “I always thought, ‘get over yourself’. But my mum died of it. It exists and anybody out there who has had it knows it exists. I didn’t want to put one foot in front of the other but for a couple of really good friends.”

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RIP Dale Winton, 62.

Very sad news. A warm, funny man & superb TV presenter. pic.twitter.com/nZwxbjVD5c

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 18, 2018

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So sad to hear that the true gentleman, the charming and so kind Dale Winton has been taken from us far to soon. RIP lovely man. Xx

— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) April 18, 2018

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