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Former BBC Breakfast host Bill died peacefully in the presence of his family in Suffolk on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the family said. Bill was 66 years old.

He was a long-time host of BBC Breakfast, then moving to Classic FM before choosing to focus on his health in October last year.

He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2018, making his “challenging” fight with the disease public the following year.

He was hailed as “resolutely positive”, and an advocate for prostate cancer awareness.

A man of “warmth” and “humour”, his family described his “generosity” for “those around him”.

In a statement, his family paid tribute to a “devoted” and “wonderful” man who will be keenly missed.

The statement read: “Bill was diagnosed in 2017 and has had outstanding medical care from the Royal Marsden and Ipswich Hospitals, St Elizabeth Hospice and his GP.

“He was resolutely positive and was hugely buoyed by the support he received from friends, colleagues, and messages from people wishing him luck.

“It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing earlier for this disease.

“Bill will be remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster who brought warmth and humour into people’s homes on BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.

“He was also a devoted Wycombe Wanderers fan and an ever-aspiring beekeeper.

“Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss how he always made them laugh, and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.”


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