Tributes for TV presenter Dale Winton after death aged 62

Dale Winton, who died on Wednesday

Dale Winton, who died on Wednesday

Thursday, April 19, 2018

TV presenter and Supermarket Sweep host Dale Winton has died at the age of 62.

The star's agent announced the TV favourite had died at his home earlier on Wednesday.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy announced in a statement to the Press Association: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

"While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief."

No further details were announced.

Winton became a household name with game shows like Supermarket Sweep and National Lottery show In It To Win It.

Supermarket Sweep, which featured contestants running around a mock-up supermarket collecting shopping items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later revived.

Winton began his career as a DJ on the London club circuit.

His TV shows included game show Hole In The Wall and more recently he made a programme for Channel 5, Dale Winton's Florida Fly.

In 2016, Winton opened up about his battle with depression, triggered by a break-up.

"Listen, there are worse things in the world - but I had depression and I didn't realise," he said.

"I had a bad break-up and then I had health issues," he told Loose Women.

Winton had kept a low profile in recent years.

After his death was announced, tributes began pouring in for the late TV star.

Presenter Davina McCall wrote: "I am so, so, so sad to hear about Dale Winton, a lovely, warm, kind, sensitive, generous soul with a touch of naughty ! RIP."

Blue singer Antony Costa wrote: "No, no, no my old friend Dale Winton has died.

"I'm absolutely devastated one of the most kindest men you could ever meet..."

Duncan Bannatyne wrote: "RIP the great entertainer Dale Winton. So young at 62.

Rylan Clark-Neal wrote: "So, so sad and shocked about the lovely Dale Winton. God bless."

David Walliams shared an anecdote about Winton on Twitter.

He wrote: "One night Dale & I were going out to dinner & he stopped off on the way to buy diet lemonade from a corner shop. He was in there about 20 minutes. When he finally got back in the car I asked 'what took you so long?' & he said 'sorry David I am very big with the Indian community!'"

In a second tweet, Walliams wrote: "One afternoon Dale & I were out shopping & some policeman were standing on the street corner. He gave them a huge wave & called out 'hello loves, hello darlings!' I asked why he was saying hello. He replied 'always wave at policemen David. You never know when you might need one!'"