Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 4 June 2015

Tributes to fitness trainer Dowds

Davina McCall worked with Angie Dowds on ITV's The Biggest Loser
Davina McCall worked with Angie Dowds on ITV's The Biggest Loser

TV presenter Davina McCall has led tributes to a television fitness trainer who is feared to have died at Beachy Head.

A body believed to be that of Angie Dowds, 42, was retrieved from the base of the notorious suicide spot on Sunday.

Witnesses reported seeing a woman leap or fall from the top of the chalk cliffs near Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Ms Dowds appeared on the ITV weight-loss challenge show The Biggest Loser since 2005 along with McCall and personal trainer Richard Callender.

A message posted on McCall's verified Twitter account read: "Rest in peace Angie Dowds @angechops. So so sad."

Callender tweeted: "R.I.P Angie (@angechops) Dowds. You helped inspire & educate millions with both a growl n a smile. You'll be missed. #inaquietplacenow xx."

Ms Dowds won a Personal Trainer of the Year Great Britain award in 2006 and had reportedly battled drink and drug problems in the past.

Sussex Police confirmed the body of a 42-year-old woman was found by coastguards and that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

A police spokesman said: "Just after 4.30pm on Sunday November 20, members of the public reported that a woman was seen to jump or fall from the top of cliffs at Beachy Head.

"Coastguards found the body of a woman at the foot of the cliffs about an hour later. There are no suspicious circumstances and it is believed that the body may be that of a 42-year-old woman from London."

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