TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died today, after a long illness, at age sixty
Chegwin, born in Walton, Liverpool, rose to fame as the star of Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and became a national treasure as a singer, actor and TV presenter. He had a long and varied career across TV and the West End, where he was best known for his work in ‘Captain Pugwash’ and ‘Tom Brown’s School Days’.
A talented singer, Chegwin featured on the Noel Edmonds pop single "I Wanna Be a Winner", which reached number 15 in January 1982, and co-wrote the S-Club 7 hit smash 'Reach'. He was signed to Pye Records Label and a DJ for 194 Radio City, and did four years at BBC Radio 1 on Tony Blackburn's weekend morning show.
A statement from his family said: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.”
His family confirmed he passed peacefully at home just after midnight on Monday with his wife Maria, daughter Rose and son Ted by his side.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Severn Hospice for the kindness, support and care they have shown us all over the last few weeks,” the family said.
“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”
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