TV presenter Lynn Faulds Wood dies aged 72 after suffering stroke

Former BBC Watchdog presenter and cancer campaigner Lynn Faulds Wood has died at the age of 72.

She died after suffering a stroke, according to her family.

A statement said: "Having suffered a massive stroke last night and a subsequent bleed on the brain, presenter and journalist Lynn Faulds Wood passed away peacefully at 12 noon today with her husband John Stapleton and son Nick at her bedside."

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The presenter, who was born in Glasgow, presented Watchdog alongside Stapleton from 1985 to 1993, according to her website.

In 2016, Faulds Woods rejected an MBE, saying the honours system needs to be dragged "into the 21st Century".

She survived bowel cancer while working for the programme and went on to call for better awareness of the illness.

She also presented the investigative programme World In Action during the 1990s before going on to become a consumer champion on GMTV between 2003 and 2009.

In 2006 she worked with Dame Esther Rantzen to present BBC consumer rights programme Old Dogs, New Tricks.

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Portrait of television presenters Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton, photographed for Radio Times in connection with the BBC show 'Watchdog', November 1986. (Photo by Chris Ridley/Radio Times/Getty Images)
John Stapleton, one of the presenters of the BBC's "Nationwide" programme with his bride, 29 year old journalist Lynn Faulds Wood, after their wedding at Richmond Register Office.
Television presenter Lynn Faulds Wood pictured on the set of the show 'Watchdog', July 1985. (Photo by Tim Roney/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Portrait of television presenters Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton on the set of the BBC show 'Watchdog', November 20th 1989. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
Comic actors Dawn French (left) and Jennifer Saunders (second right) with television presenters Lynn Faulds Wood (second left) and Maggie Philbin in a sketch from the television comedy show 'French and Saunders', January 6th 1990. (Photo by Don Smith/Radio Times/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Lynn Faulds Wood attends the London Press Club Awards 2019 at Stationers' Hall on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Lynn Faulds Wood and Bill Hagerty attend the London Press Club Awards 2019 at Stationers' Hall on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Sally Meen (L) and Lynn Faulds Wood attend Turn The Tables 2018 hosted by Tania Bryer and James Landale in aid of Cancer Research UK at BAFTA on March 5, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 7: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets Lynn Faulds Wood (left) during a reception for Women in Journalism at The Ned on February 7, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dominic - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood attend the 'From Selfie To Self-Expression Exhibition, presented by Huawei in partnership with the Saatchi Gallery on March 30, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Saatchi Gallery/Huawei)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Richard Arnold, Ben Shephard, Kate Garraway, John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds Wood attend the launch of Kate Garraway's new book "The Joy Of Big Knickers (Or Learning How To Love The Rest Of Your Life)" at Waterstones, Piccadilly, on March 9, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Lynn Faulds Wood attends the Women of the Year Awards 2016 at InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on October 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Lynn Faulds Wood attends Saatchi's first ever all female show to mark the Gallery's 30th Anniversary at The Saatchi Gallery on January 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Lynn Faulds Wood (L) and John Stapleton attend a launch party for Penny Smith's new book "Summer Holiday" at Century on June 9, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Barbara Schöneberger Und Lynn Faulds Wood Bei Der Verleihung Des Felix Burda Awards Im Hotel Adlon Kempinski In Berlin . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton arriving at The Variety Club Showbiz Awards 2009, Grovesnor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton at the Indian Summer Garden Party, a fundraising event for international children's charity Pratham, at the Chelsea Conservatory, Chelsea, west London. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Lynn Faulds Wood And John Stapleton Arrive For The Pratham Uk Indian Summer Garden Party At The Chelsea Conservatory, London. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Lynn Faulds Wood, John Stapleton and Pia Gadkari attend Pratham UK's first Indian Summer Garden Party, aiding illiteracy support amongst Indian children, at the Chelsea Conservatory on June 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M.Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) TV presenters Lynn Faulds Wood and husband John Stapleton, TV and radio presenter Vanessa Feltz and her partner Ben Ofoedu attend Pratham UK's first Indian Summer Garden Party, aiding illiteracy support amongst Indian children, at the Chelsea Conservatory on June 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M.Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Lynn Faulds Wood and John Stapleton attend Pratham UK's Indian Summer Garden Party at The Chelsea Conservatory on June 28, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)
John Stapleton and Lynn Faulds-Wood during Anne Diamond Book Launch Party at Flemings Hotel in London, Great Britain. (Photo by David Lodge/FilmMagic)
Broadcasters John Stapleton and his wife Lynn Faulds Wood during A Festival Of Trees, the annual fundraiser in aid of Save The Children Fund at the Natural History Museum in London. Princess Anne is President of the children's charity. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV Personality Selina Scott (left) and former cancer patient Lynn Faulds-Wood with a bowl of Kellogs All Bran at a news conference where Kellogs and Cancer Research Campaign join forces to highlight Britain's second biggest killer bowel cancer, today (Tuesday). Photo by Fiona Hanson /PA. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
GMTV presenters Lynn Faulds Woods with husband John Stapleton for Kate Garraway's wedding to Derek Draper at St Mary's-the Virgin in Primrose Hill ,North London. .Saturday 10 September 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Michael Stephens/PA.
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Dame Esther paid tribute to her former colleague, saying she had "known Lynn for many years".

She added: "We made a series together which was huge fun but also very hard-hitting because she was such an impressive and courageous consumer journalist.

"She fought for the rights of vulnerable people doggedly and determinedly and she is a huge loss to journalism and to her friends and family.

"We are all devastated at this news."

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