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Stars pay tribute to ‘great entertainer’ Keith Chegwin

The TV favourite died after battling a progressive lung condition.

Stars have paid tribute to veteran TV presenter Keith Chegwin, who has died aged 60 following a long illness.

Celebrities from the worlds of sport, business and entertainment posted messages online after the news broke.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno said: “Saddened to hear this, what a great guy! I worked with him a lot over the years, a great entertainer, you will be missed RIP Keith Chegwin.”

DJ Tony Blackburn said he was “absolutely devastated” to hear of his friend’s death, adding: “He was one of the nicest people I have ever known and over the years we did shows together and became great friends.”

Comedian Paddy McGuinness tweeted in memory of Chegwin, who was “very much a part of my childhood.”

Meanwhile, entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne said the entertainer was “too young to go”, calling the news “so sad”.

Fellow TV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Philip Schofield also paid tribute.

Kelly said he was a “kind, funny, brave man who seized the day” while Schofield said he was “stunned to hear that the utterly lovely Keith Chegwin has died.”

Actor Shaun Williamson, who appeared on the TV show Life’s Too Short with Chegwin, tweeted: “RIP Cheggers. Terrible news!! Such fond memories of working with him. Warm, funny, generous man taken far too soon.”

TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal added: “Can’t believe it about Keith . Such a lovely man at Big Bro and a great host Pleasure to have met him. RIP Cheggers x”

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