Graham Norton has led tributes to TV and radio presenter Dale Winton, who has died at the age of 62 years.
Norton tribute, thanking him for “the best piece of showbiz advice that I have ever had – do not quit!!!”
The former Supermarket Sweep host died at his home Wednesday, his long-term agent Jan Kennedy said.
Winton has spent nearly a decade hosting the ITV daytime hit, but also hosted the BBC’s lottery show in it To Win it and play Hole In The Wall.
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Friend and TV presenter Davina McCall, describes it as a “beautiful, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty!”
Comedian David Walliams said he was “heartbroken” to hear of the death of his friend.
Winton the agent has not given details about the cause of death, but said: “we know that many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the privacy of the family in this time of mourning.”
Other friends and celebrity colleagues have paid tribute to the TV star on the social media.
Singer and friend of Boy George – who has appeared on Winton episode of This is Your Life in 2000, said he was “shocked” to learn of the death, and describes Winton as “a gentle man”.
Actor and presenter Sherrie Hewson, who has worked with Winton “many times,” said: “very sad on the beautiful Dale Winton… 62 has no age, it is difficult to believe that he is gone.
Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker, who has appeared in a celebrity special of Winton show The Other Half, said Winton was “a gorgeous guy”.
The former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis said Winton was “a beautiful, warm man who took the charm”.
TV presenter Paddy McGuinness has said Winton was “the host”, and made the presentation to look “effortless”.
James McCourt, who has presented the National Lottery show with him, said he was “a nice man.”Some of Dale Winton the greatest moments of TELEVISION
Supermarket Sweep – probably Dale’s most famous show, he has been a great success and had a huge student following. It ran from 1993 until 2001. It was restarted for a series in 2007
Win – the National Lottery quiz show, which lasted from 2002 until 2016.
Hole in the Wall (2008 – 2009) – based on a Japanese game show, the celebrity participants dressed in silver costumes and tried to pass through different shapes of holes in a moving wall. The participants included Andi Peters, Scott Mills and Bobby Davro. It was returned to service in 2009, with Strictly’s Anton Du Beke, a former captain of the home team.
Pets Win Prizes (1994-1996) – candidates’ pets competed in tests of agility, etc, It ran for two series – the first was hosted by Danny Baker, but Dale has resumed for the series of two.
He has also presented Celebrity Fit Club, Winton’s Wonderland and Dale’s All Stars.
In 1995, he also appeared in the video of Britpop band Ties single Inbetweener, looking over the shelves, it is not surprising, from a supermarket.
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A year later, its cult status was complete with a cameo appearance in Danny Boyle’s film Trainspotting about heroin addicts in a poverty-stricken area of Edinburgh, with Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Milller.
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In 2000, he was surprised by Michael Aspel on the set of the National Lottery for the now-defunct show, This Is Your Life.
Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning for the BBC, said Winton was “a huge, well-loved person,” and praised his “wonderfully unique and special energy” that he brought to TELEVISION programmes.
“It was extremely nice, brilliantly funny and he was a true gentleman,” she said.
Winton began his career as a DJ in London, leading to work on the local radio.
A declaration of Radio 2, said: “everyone at Radio 2 is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Dale, who was very popular with the Radio 2 audience as the host of choice of Pop for over a decade. We are thinking of his family at this time and send our love and best wishes.”
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In 1986, Winton joined BBC Bristol to present Animals to Look for BBC One.
But his big break came with ITV’s daytime show Supermarket Sweep, which he hosted from 1993 to 2001, and again when it was restarted in 2007. The competitors of the show is in charge of the organization around a supermarket collecting items to win a cash prize.
He has continued to work on the prime-time shows including the National Lottery is here To Win, and he hosted his own promotions of Christmas and the celebrity guest shows.
More recently, Winton made a show for Channel 5, called Dale Winton is the Florida Fly-Drive. Channel 5 said that the last episodes were due to air in June.
In an interview with the Times, in 2008, Winton spoke about coming out as gay at the age of 47 years.
He said that he had not come before, because nobody had ever asked him.
Winton also told the paper that he was holding all night until the early hours of the day, writing material ahead of his 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 of a drug overdose shortly after his 21st birthday.
He told ITV’s Loose Women show in 2016, his battle with depression and said: “I always thought, ‘Get over yourself.’ But the death of my mother. It exists and there is someone who has had it knows that it exists. I didn’t want to put one foot in front of the other, but for a couple of very good friends.”
One of the friends that he has been named on the show as support for him has been Walliams, with Winton, saying: “it has kept me going”.
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