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Gemma Jones

BBC Breakfast's touching tribute as Bill Turnbull dies aged 66

BBC Breakfast paid a touching tribute to former host Bill Turnbull after he died aged 66.

Bill, who appeared on BBC Breakfast from 2001 until 2016, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. The presenter revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis in March 2018, saying he was diagnosed the previous November, and he detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive.

A statement from his family said: "Following a challenging and committed fight against prostate cancer, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family on Wednesday, 31st August."

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Presenters Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty paid a touching tribute to him on today's show. Charlie said: "We have sad news to bring you this morning. Our former colleague, former Breakfast presenter, Bill Turnbull has died."

Naga read out a part of the family's statement saying that the last week of his life was very special. Charlie added that even though he was in pain he was still himself.

Bill Turnbull has died (BBC)

They then cut to a montage of clips of Bill working on the show as a voiceover said: "He became a much loved fixture in people's homes." They added: "Bill was at heart always a reporter. His BBC career took him to the biggest stories."

The video continued to show him hard at work as it said: "His style was honest, straight talking and down to earth." It went into detail on how Bill warned others to go and get checked for prostate cancer and it resulted in thousands of lives being saved. The voiceover said: "Helping thousands of other men remains perhaps his greatest legacy."

Naga said: "We are sending our love and support to his family." She added: "I think when we have gotten over the shock of this we will start to remember the really funny things that Bill did. His energy was amazing."

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