Police have revealed they are opening an investigation into Dale Winton’s death after it has emerged his death remains unexplained. This includes an autopsy to determine the star’s cause of death, but they have also told the press that they will not be treating the death as suspicious. Meanwhile close friends of Dale have come out and discussed the star’s battle with depression and that he had “had enough of life” and hated growing older.
Police were called to Winton’s home in the suburb of Whetstone and found the TV presenter unresponsive at his home at 4.10pm yesterday. Neighbours told reporters that he “wasn't quite right” and “he did not look that great.”
Dale was the best company, always outrageous & hilarious. He adored being in show business & loved meeting fans. He devoted his life to making everyone else happy, his friends, the public & his godsons, even though he found it hard to be happy himself. I pray he has found peace.— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) April 19, 2018
Dale Winton was a prominent Radio and TV presenter perhaps best known for presenting supermarket sweep. He revealed in his 2002 biography that he was gay and also revealed in another 2016 book that he struggled with depression. It was because of his issues with mental health that he has been absent from TV for the last 4 years. Fellow radio DJ Steven Allen spoke of Dale’s battle with depression:
“He didn't like the ageing process, he hated it. He used to say to me ‘I've had enough’. I feel happy for him that he's in a place now where he's probably going to be eternally young.” He also revealed that Dale often joked about killing himself and spoke often about his emotional and mental troubles along with medical difficulties he faced and the insecurities that plagued him. “Do you think there’d be a turn out at the funeral?” he supposedly joked. He spoke of his experiences with depression on Channel 5 saying:
“I’ve kept a low profile because I had about four surgeries. I had a shoulder problem and a knee problem, so I took a break to get myself sorted.
“It meant I couldn’t exercise, so I’ve been dieting like crazy, I’m one of those people who work to live rather than live to work, so it’s been very hard work – I’m used to being in a studio but this is something wholly different.”
David Walliams who is often spoken of as Dale’s closest friend told the press: “'He found it hard to be happy himself. I pray he has found peace.”
Television star Dale Winton, who hosted the popular gameshow Supermarket Sweep, has sadly died aged 62https://t.co/Pkuh9z9ggK— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 19, 2018
Currently there is speculation that Dale Winton may have committed suicide after he faced a major battle with depression. Speculation has been fuelled by frequent discussions focused on his difficulty with ageing and his own self-described inability to come out as gay until he was 45. However, police insist that so far the death is only unexplained and no other official statements have been made.