CHESTER presenter Louise Minchin has paid tribute to her former colleague and “wonderful friend” Bill Turnbull, who died aged 66.
TV presenter and journalist Bill Turnbull appeared on BBC Breakfast from 2001 to 2016. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.
He detailed his diagnosis the following March in a Channel 4 documentary titled Staying Alive, and continued to host his show on Classic FM until October 2021, when he left for health reasons.
His former BBC Breakfast colleague Louise Minchin, writing on social media this morning (Thursday September 1), said: “Sending my love and thoughts to the family of my wonderful friend Bill Turnbull.
“He was a brilliant journalist, a maniac for precision, passionate about BBC Breakfast and a fabulously supportive and kind team player.
“Most of all he was great fun, I love how he made me laugh. Xx”
Bill Turnbull’s family released a statement this morning, saying: “After a difficult and committed battle with prostate cancer, Bill passed away peacefully at his home in Suffolk surrounded by his family on Wednesday August 31st.
“Bill was diagnosed in 2017 and received exceptional medical care from Royal Marsden and Ipswich hospitals, St Elizabeth’s Hospice and their GP.
“He was staunchly positive and was hugely encouraged by the support he received from friends, colleagues and messages from people wishing him well. It was a great comfort to Bill that so many men were now being tested earlier for this disease.
“Bill will be remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster who brought warmth and humor into people’s homes on BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.
“He was also a dedicated Wycombe Wanderers fan and aspiring beekeeper. Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss the way he always made them laugh, and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.
“Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss the way he always made them laugh, and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.
. presenter Chester Louise Minchin pays tribute lancien colleague BBC Breakfast Bill Turnbull