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'We will miss you so much' says Susanna Reid as BBC Breakfast's Bill Turnbull dies

Susanna Reid has issued a tribute to her former BBC Breakfast colleague Bill Turnbull following his death, aged 66.

Bill Turnbull, who for 15 years woke up the nation as a presenter on the BBC Breakfast sofa, died "peacefully" at home in Suffolk on Wednesday. In 2018, aged 63, Mr Turnbull announced he had been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, and said he had been taking cannabidiol to tackle his symptoms.

Mr Turnbull was filmed smoking cannabis with a vape for a Channel 4 documentary - Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive - following his attempts to find suitable treatment.

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In his final years he presented a weekend radio show on Classic FM and appeared as a guest presenter on The One Show. On a number of occasions in 2020 and 2021, Turnbull reunited with his former BBC Breakfast co-host Susanna Reid as a guest presenter on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

The pair fronted Breakfast together until 2014, when Susanna left to join ITV. Following the news of his death, Susanna tweeted a heartfelt tribute.

She said: "Bill was the kindest, funniest, most generous man in the business. I feel lucky to have worked with him and he taught me everything. But above all, he was devoted to his family and I am heartbroken for them. RIP Bill. We will miss you so much."

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern also reacted to Bill Turnbull's death, saying "We all loved him." She tweeted: "Absolutely gutted that our Bill Turnbull has passed away.

"A fantastic broadcaster and a brilliant friend... I learnt so much from him. And we had some cracking arguments about how you should pronounce words like 'poor'. We all loved him #RIPBill."

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