BBC Breakfast and Songs of Praise presenter Bill Turnbull dies after battle with prostate cancer

TV presenter and journalist Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66, his family has announced.

he said hello BBC breakfast The presenter died “peacefully” at home in Suffolk on Wednesday after a “challenging and dedicated battle with prostate cancer” after being diagnosed in November 2017.

His breakfast Co-host Susannah Reid wrote on Twitter: “Bill was the nicest, funniest and most generous man in the business. I’m happy to have worked with him and he taught me everything. But most of all he was loyal to his family and I am heartbroken for them. RIP Bill. We’re going to miss you so much.”

Turnbull, who appeared on the BBC1 show from 2001 to 2016, revealed the diagnosis in March 2018 and detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called To stay alive.

In October last year, he announced that he was taking a leave of absence from his show on Classic FM due to health reasons.

His family praised the treatment he received at Royal Marsden and Ipswich Hospitals, St Elizabeth Hospice and from his GP.

They added: “He has been resolutely positive and has been hugely encouraged by the support he has received from friends, colleagues and messages from people who wished him luck. It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing for the disease earlier.

“Bill will be remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster, bringing warmth and humor into people’s homes with BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.

“He was also a devoted Wycombe Wanderers fan and an aspiring beekeeper.

“Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss how he always made them laugh and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.”

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He began his broadcasting career with Scottish Radio Clyde in 1978 and joined the BBC as a reporter for Today in 1986 before becoming a reporter for BBC Breakfast Time two years later.

In 1990 Turnbull became a correspondent for BBC News, reporting from more than 30 countries, with notable stories he covered including the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the OJ Simpson trial.

After returning to the UK, he became one of the main presenters of what was then known as BBC News 24.

Turnbull has also worked for BBC Radio 5 Live, including presenting weekend breakfast.

He came to it BBC breakfast 2001 as a presenter alongside Sian Williams and they worked together until 2012 when she left for Salford after the program moved from London.

The presenter co-hosted with Susanna Reid, with the pair presenting together until 2014 when Reid left the show to join ITV, and Turnbull’s other co-hosts included Louise Minchin and more.

Recalling his most memorable moments of his breakfast career when he said goodbye to the red sofa in February 2016, he recalled “almost getting into a fight with a ventriloquist’s dummy named Bob” and wearing a sweater made out of dog hair.

“It was fine, it was just very warm and I couldn’t get the stuff off me for weeks,” he said.

He made numerous television appearances outside BBC breakfastincluding as a presenter on BBC One hymns.

In 2005 he ran as a candidate Be sure to come dance worked with Karen Hardy and was the seventh celebrity voted off the show.

Other TV appearances include ITVs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Through the keyhole; the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, would i lie to you, Pointless celebs and Room 101and he appeared in the dictionary corner for Channel 4 countdown.

In 2011 he appeared in the Doctor Who Episode The Wedding Of River Song in which he played himself.

His passion for beekeeping led to the publication of his book in 2011 The Bad Beekeepers Cluba humorous account of the ups and downs of being a beekeeper. BBC Breakfast and Songs of Praise presenter Bill Turnbull dies after battle with prostate cancer

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