Good morning Britain Host Susanna Reid has paid tribute to former BBC breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull after he passed away on Wednesday (31 August) aged 66.
The late journalist’s family confirmed that Turnbull “died peacefully at his home” after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.
Reid led the tributes to Turnbull, writing on Twitter: “Bill was the nicest, funniest, most generous man in the business. I am happy to have worked with him and he taught me everything.
“But most of all,” she continued, “he was devoted to his family and I am heartbroken for them. RIP invoice.
“We will miss you very much.”
Turnbull took a leave of absence from his Classic FM radio show in October last year to focus on his health. However, he returned to the show last month.
In their statement, the veteran TV presenter’s family described Turbull as “resolutely positive,” noting that the support he received from friends, colleagues and messages from people wishing him luck following his diagnosis was something that made him “very encouraged”.
Since being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Turnbull has used his platform to talk about prostate cancer and encourage men to be aware of the disease. He fronted the Channel 4 documentary Bill Turnbull: Stay alive in 2019, in which he investigated the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes.
Prior to his role on Classic FM, Turnbull was the presenter of BBC Breakfast for 15 years before leaving the show when it moved to Salford in 2016.
During his time at BBC Breakfast he presented alongside Reid, Sian Williams, Kate Silverton, Natasha Kaplinsky and Louise Minchin.
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