Dale Winton death: Supermarket Sweep star died of natural causes, says long-time agent

'Immensely well-loved' presenter remembered in humanist service

Sherna Noah
Friday 03 August 2018 09:46
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Dale Winton
Dale Winton

Television presenter Dale Winton died from natural causes, according to his agent.

The “immensely well-loved” Supermarket Sweep star was found dead at a house in north London, which he had moved into just weeks earlier, in April, aged 62.

The office of Dale Winton’s long-time agent, Jan Kennedy, said “that the coroner investigating the death of Dale Winton has found death by natural causes”.

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

Supermarket Sweep, which saw contestants run around a mocked-up shop collecting grocery items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later brought back for a short run. It was the programme that launched Winton to stardom.

David Walliams, Martine McCutcheon and Christopher Biggins were among the stars who attended a humanist service in central London in May, on what would have been Winton’s 63rd birthday.

The send-off included a performance of One Love by boyband Blue and an impersonation of Winton courtesy of Jon Culshaw.

Ms Kennedy had previously said in a statement: “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.”

After the sudden news of his death, Paul O’Grady, Davina McCall, Graham Norton, Laurence Fox, Les Dennis, Jack Whitehall and Paddy McGuinness were among those to pay tribute to the man David Walliams described as “always outrageous and hilarious”.

The BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning, Kate Phillips, said at the time: “Dale was an immensely well-loved individual who brought a wonderfully unique and special energy to the many programmes he presented.

“He was extremely kind, brilliantly funny and was a true gentleman.”

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 told Loose Women.

The Metropolitan Police previously said the star’s death was being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.

PA contributed to this report

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