Tributes to Dale Winton: lovely with a touch of naughty

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.

Dale Winton (Fiona Hanson/PA)
Winton first appeared on television screens in the 1990s (Fiona Hanson/PA)

"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 saw contestants run 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.

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.

So so sad and shocked about the lovely Dale Winton. God bless ?

-- Rylan Clark-Neal (@Rylan) April 18, 2018

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

Winton had kept a low profile in recent years.

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