TV ‘national treasure’ Keith Chegwin died bygone age-old 60 afterwards a abstruse abiding action with an cureless lung condition.
The brilliant died at home amidst by his additional wife Maria and two accouchement Rose, who is affiliated to White Lies frontman Harry McVeigh, and Ted who declared him as a ‘loving bedmate and father’.
His ancestors today appear he had been actively ill for about six months with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). He told admirers in a affecting final cheep in September: ‘Still not right. I will be aback – But not for a bit yet. I’m so sorry’.
‘Cheggers’ became a domiciliary name presenting Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop in the 1970s followed by Saturday Superstore in the 1980s.
Keith Chegwin (pictured in 2016) has died today age-old 60 afterwards aggressive a ‘long-term action with a accelerating lung condition’
‘Cheggers’ became a domiciliary name presenting Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop in the 1970s (pictured larboard on Get It Calm in 1979 and appropriate at home in 1980)
Noel Edmonds, pictured right, Chegwin’s Swap Shop co-presenter, said: ‘I’ve absent my aboriginal absolute telly associate and I’m assertive I’m not abandoned in address tears for a accurate telly legend’
Mr Edmonds, additional left, said: ‘He was a actual acceptable performer. Keith was actually beyond than activity but he never blanket the spotlight’
Keith, pictured right, and Noel, pictured larboard starred on Swap Shop together. They are pictured with John Craven and Maggie Philbin
After a high-profile action with alcoholism he relaunched his career on Approach 4’s Big Breakfast animadversion on celebrities’ advanced doors in the mid-1990s crying: ‘Wake up you beggars, it’s Cheggers!’.
Co-host Chris Evans tweeted today: ‘Very sad and abashed to apprehend of the casual of Keith Chegwin. The baron of alfresco broadcast.’
Most afresh he appeared in Ricky Gervais’ sitcoms Extras in 2006 and Life’s Too Short in 2011. The Office brilliant said today: ‘So sad to apprehend about the afterlife of the admirable & funny Keith Chegwin. RIP you National Treasure’.
He additionally appeared in Dancing on Ice in 2013 and Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.
His final assuming accomplishment was in Beauty and the Beast in March 2016 – with affecting video assuming the brilliant asthmatic and disturbing to allege while on date during the assembly in Rhyl, Wales.
Mr Chegwin had been a smoker in the past. While smoking, acknowledgment to pollution, acerbic reflux, some bacilli and analysis can access the accident of IPF the exact account of the ache is not known.
Keith was at the acme of his acclaim in the 1980s as the brilliant of Saturday Superstore (pictured in 1980) but put his career on authority while he battled alcoholism
Cheggers’ aftermost above TV accomplishment was on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 (pictured) and his bloom began to abort in the able year
His agitating aftermost cheep was in September this year and he told his fans: ‘Still not right. I will be aback – But not for a bit yet. I’m so sorry’
In a statement, the entertainer’s ancestors said: ‘We are crestfallen to allotment the account that Keith Chegwin acutely anesthetized abroad afterward a abiding action with a accelerating lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened appear the end of this year.
‘Keith died affably at home anon afterwards midnight on December 11. His wife Maria, his babe Rose and his son Ted were by his side.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a action in which the lungs become aching and animation becomes added difficult.
While smoking, acknowledgment to pollution, acerbic reflux, some bacilli and analysis can access the accident of IPF the exact account of the ache is not known.
IPF has a casting worse than abounding cancers and best sufferers go on to advance respiratory abortion and die of suffocation as their lung accommodation reduces.
The ache – which kills 5,300 bodies every year – creates a accession of blister tissue in the lung which makes them blubbery and beneath able to booty in oxygen.
Regardless of treatment, bodies with IPF, which usually strikes those in their backward 40s or aboriginal 50s – on boilerplate abandoned alive for about three to bristles years from diagnosis.
Although still advised a attenuate disease, IPF has become added accepted in both the UK and the US over the aftermost 30 years.
The affection of IPF tend to advance gradually and get boring worse over time.
There is no cure and it’s actual difficult to adumbrate how continued addition with IPF will survive at the time of diagnosis.
Regular ecology over time can announce whether it’s accepting worse bound or slowly.
Source: NHS Choices
‘We would like to booty this befalling to acknowledge Severn Auberge for the kindness, abutment and affliction they accept apparent us all over the aftermost few weeks.’
‘Keith was a admiring husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be larboard to ache his casual in private.’
Cheggers was adversity from Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) – a action in which the lungs become aching and animation becomes added difficult.
The attenuate action usually hits bodies in their forties and fifties who rarely survive added than bristles years from diagnosis.
Keith had been active in a Shropshire auberge accepting been told that there was not treatment, including a transplant, that could save him.
One actuality who came beyond him in hospital afresh told MailOnline: ‘I accept never known, in my absolute career, such an adorning patient. His amaranthine animation brightened the area not aloof for patients but for agents too. He was agitated by patients, agents and visitors, an abominable lot, but never affronted anyone abroad or abandoned them. He fabricated and had time for everyone. Making bodies beam you’d never anticipation he was so unwell’.
Mr Chegwin was ahead affiliated to Tomorrow’s Apple presenter Maggie Philbin from 1982 to 1993 afterwards affair at the BBC.
She said in a account on her website: ‘It is abundantly sad. Keith was a one-off – abounding of life, acceptable and with a focus on things that mattered – his family.
‘I saw him two months ago at his sister Janice’s wedding, area he was still attempting to be activity and body of the affair admitting actuality on carriageable oxygen and fabricated abiding he knew how abundant he meant to us all.
‘Our babe Rose flew home from San Francisco to be with him over the aftermost few weeks and I apperceive he was amidst by so abundant adulation from his additional wife Maria, their son Ted, his sister Janice, his accompanying brother Jeff and his ancestor Colin.
‘Keith was admired by anybody who knew and formed with him. I aboriginal met him back we did a blur about windsurfing back I abutting Swap Shop in 1978 and was anon addled by his fun, activity and kindness.
‘He collection me home to Leicestershire from that freezing basin in Staines, insisting it was on his own way home. (He lived in Twickenham). He leaves us all with actual appropriate memories’.
Keith Chegwin and his aboriginal wife Maggie Philbin with their bairn babe Rose in 1988, who was at his ancillary back he died aftermost night
The larger-than-life appearance was accepted for his activity and laughter, apparent actuality (far right) accepting bare for a new Approach 5 bold show: ‘Naked Jungle’ in 2000, later anecdotic it as the ‘worst career move’ of his ‘entire life’
Mr Chegwin had been a smoker in the past. While smoking, acknowledgment to pollution, acerbic reflux, some bacilli and analysis can access the accident of IPF the exact account of the ache is not known
Chegwin, accepted as Cheggers, started his career as an amateur but became a domiciliary name as a TV presenter of shows such as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore.
Keith Chegwin (right in 1978) batten aboveboard about his action adjoin alcoholism during an account with daytime TV appearance This Morning in 1992.
The TV presenter has died age-old 60 afterwards a abiding action with a accelerating lung condition, his ancestors said.
Chegwin, who was 34 at the time of the aboveboard interview, said: ‘I am an alcoholic. It’s a disease.’
He said his animated assignment agenda led him into a bottomward circling area he bare a booze to relax and advice him sleep.
Chegwin told appearance hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan: ‘I’m aloof abashed because, God, I could so calmly aces up a drink.
‘I was in the auberge aftermost night. I would accept admired to accept sat in the bar and had a booze but I couldn’t.
‘The moment I accept a drink, afresh blast I am gone. It won’t be a brace of gin and tonics, it would be like two bottles.’
When Chegwin appeared on the appearance he had had two four-week spells in a dehydration out clinic.
He said he battled adjoin the canteen by blockage into a clandestine dispensary but started bubbler as anon as he came out, adding: ‘I aloof said, ‘Oh sod it, I’ll see if this dispensary has formed or not and I’ll aloof accept one’. But the agitation is I can’t aloof accept one.’
Earlier this year the Swap Shop presenter tweeted his best wishes to presenter Ant McPartlin, who accustomed analysis for abasement and booze and actuality abuse.
Chegwin wrote: ‘My aboveboard best wishes to Ant @antanddec I apperceive aloof how adamantine it can be. Be appreciative – you’re a actual adventurous and honest man. Acceptable luck x.’
Stars from the apple of ball accept paid accolade to the TV presenter.
He fabricated no abstruse of his action with alcoholism but staged a improvement in contempo years back he was a approved on absoluteness TV.
He took allotment in Dancing On Ice in 2013 and Celebrity MasterChef and Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, back he came fourth and said that while his acquaintance in the abode had been a ‘nightmare’ from alpha to end, he ‘actually actually enjoyed it’.
Celebrities from the worlds of sport, business and ball acquaint letters online afterwards the account broke.
TV presenter John Craven, who appeared on Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore with Chegwin, said: ‘I never saw Keith afterwards a smile. He was consistently bubbly, positive, abounding of fun.
‘I aboriginal met him back he was 19 and he had aloof abutting Noel Edmonds and I on the Saturday morning children’s appearance Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.
‘We were in a cosy flat while Keith was out on area in all weathers, accomplishing his swapping with hundreds, sometimes thousands, of accouchement and his 18-carat airy activity never larboard him. I couldn’t accept how able he was for one so young.
‘We formed calm for ten years and remained acceptable friends, which doesn’t consistently appear back strangers are advance calm on a television show. He was a adept of the off-the-cuff acknowledgment and consistently fabricated his job attending so easy, whatever appearance he was doing, which is the accurate mark of a brilliant on top of his game. Keith was abundant admired and will be abundant missed.’
Noel Edmonds, his Swap Shop co-presenter, said in a statement: ‘I’ve absent my aboriginal absolute telly associate and I’m assertive I’m not abandoned in address tears for a accurate telly legend.
‘Cheggers and I launched Swap Shop together. Yes, we had the admirable anchorperson John Craven to accumulate us in band but it was the allure amid myself and Keith that initially created the Swap Shop abracadabra that alert millions of accouchement every Saturday morning on BBC 1. Abandoned those who’ve presented alive television actually apperceive how difficult it is to accomplish it attending easy.
‘I had the affluence of hosting the appearance from abaft the board in a balmy flat but Keith was out on the alley in all weathers. He was an amazing showman able of absorbing a all-inclusive army of aflame accouchement during the continued periods amid his alive contributions to the show.
‘I never saw Keith abashed or absent for words. In actuality now I anticipate about it I never saw him agitated or angry. I never heard Cheggers say a bad chat about anyone. Like all accurate professionals he bedevilled the adroitness of reinventing himself time and time again.
‘He was a actual acceptable performer. Keith was actually beyond than activity but he never blanket the spotlight. He was an all-round entertainer- a actual funny amateur and able artist and singer. He was at his best on location, with a blur aggregation block him and a affiliate of the accessible about to be afraid on their doorstep.
‘The greatest accomplishment for any TV aerialist is for the admirers to attention you as a acquaintance and today millions will be beholden for Keith’s addition to their adolescence memories and like me they will ache the casual of a friend.’
Cheggers had a continued career in TV (left in 1982) aboriginal in children’s TV and afresh breakfast TV (right on GMTV in 2002)
Keith relaunched his career afterwards aggressive the canteen on the Big Breakfast (pictured with Zoe Ball and her mother in 1996)
Cheggers appeared on Dancing on Ice in 2013 and on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 – his aftermost above TV appearance
Former ample action best Aboveboard Bruno said: ‘Saddened to apprehend this, what a abundant guy! I formed with him a lot over the years, a abundant entertainer, you will be absent RIP Keith Chegwin.’
DJ Tony Blackburn said he was ‘absolutely devastated’ to apprehend of his friend’s death, adding: ‘He was one of the nicest bodies I accept anytime accepted and over the years we did shows calm and became abundant friends.’
Keith Chegwin and his son Ted pictured at a Bob the Builder Gala Alms Accomplishment in 2002. His son and babe Rose were with him back he died
Fellow all-round amateur Les Dennis paid accolade to his above colleague, tweeting: ‘So actually devastated by the afterlife of Keith Chegwin. Formed and laughed with him so abundant on Life’s Too Short. Actually it is my friend. RIP.’
This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield tweeted: ‘I’m so abashed to apprehend that the actually admirable Keith Chegwin has died. Can’t get my arch annular this. One of my aboriginal Saturday morning heroes. Sending all my adulation to his family.’
Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness added: ‘Such sad news. Actual abundant a allotment of my childhood. RIP Keith Chegwin.’
Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson tweeted: ‘So actual sad to apprehend the account about Keith Chegwin. Lovely, accomplished man. RIP.’
Entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne said the amateur was ‘too adolescent to go’, calling the account ‘so sad’.
TV presenter Gaby Roslin said: ‘No. I can’t buck the news. Not him. I was adored to assignment with Keith Chegwin on the Big Breakfast and he was a adored and blissful man. So acceptable and kind. Bye, bye Cheggers. So, so sad. My adulation to his family.’
MoneySavingExpert architect Martin Lewis said: ‘Awful account about Keith Chegwin. Remember him with huge affection from Swop Shop. Consistently an figure for bodies my age.’
Heather Palin, agent arch controlling and administrator of affliction at Severn Hospice, said: ‘Our thoughts are with Keith’s ancestors at this sad time.
‘Everyone at the alms is appreciative of the affliction we accommodate to all of our patients and the abutment we are able to action families back they charge us most.
‘I am abiding it was a abundance to both Keith and his admired ones that he was able to be cared for at home by our specialist Auberge at Home nurses.’
Most afresh he appeared in Ricky Gervais’ sitcoms Extras in 2006 (pictured) and Mr Gervais said today: ‘So sad to apprehend about the afterlife of the admirable & funny Keith Chegwin. RIP you National Treasure’
‘Too abundant smoker probably’: BBC artisan is accidentally advertisement alive to the nation administration his angle on the afterlife of Keith Chegwin age-old 60
A BBC worker accidentally advertisement his angle on the afterlife of Keith Chegwin alive on air afterwards problems with the microphones.
The Corporation’s 24-hour account approach planned a accolade account afterwards TV brilliant Chegwin’s afterlife was announced, afterward his action with a accelerating lung condition.
BBC Account presenter Martine Croxall was clumsy to allege to the 60-year-old’s above colleague, John Craven, at the added end of the line, so they cut to the acclimate instead.
However, they accomplished added abstruse problems – and instead of the weatherman’s voice, admirers heard a man saying: ‘too abundant smoker probably’.
The brilliant died at home at about midnight amidst by his additional wife Maria and two accouchement Rose and Ted
Social media users were quick to atom the abominable blunder.
Phillip Godfrey tweeted: ‘Did I aloof apprehend ‘too abundant smoker probably’ on @BBCNews from one of your producers back apropos to Keith Chegwin? #badtaste’
And Gazza B wrote: ‘Extremely abashed at @BBCNews @BBCOne A adverse address that Keith Chegwin has acutely anesthetized abroad from advancing lung issues, abandoned to apprehend a big bloomer as addition can be heard saying…’Too abundant smoker probably’ #ShameOnYou’
MailOnline has this afternoon contacted the BBC for comment.
How angel of children’s TV Keith Chegwin was a 13-year-old adolescent brilliant who became domiciliary name on Swap Shop afore aggressive booze and relaunching his career
Born in Walton, Liverpool, Keith, accepted to millions as Cheggers, started out as a adolescent actor.
Keith Chegwin became a domiciliary name hosting Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore.
Born in Walton, Liverpool, the star, accepted to millions as Cheggers, started out as a adolescent actor.
In afterwards years he took allotment in shows such as Dancing On Ice in 2013, Celebrity MasterChef and Celebrity Big Brother both in 2015.
Chegwin rose to acclaim alongside Noel Edmonds on the hit Saturday morning children’s appearance Multi-Coloured Swap Shop between 1976 and 1982.
He additionally fronted his own hit appearance Cheggers Plays Pop in the 1970s and 80s.
‘People consistently say ‘you charge affliction accomplishing Cheggers Plays Pop’, but I say ‘No, I had some absurd times’,’ he told the Liverpool Echo.
Keith Chegwin became a domiciliary name hosting Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore in the 1970s (Get It Calm in 1979). He affiliated co-star Maggie Philbin in 1982 but they afar in 199
Keith Chegwin and Pat Coombs in ‘Playbox’ as his career was afflicted by booze addiction
Keith with his anchorperson sister Janice Long, who he saw get affiliated in September and was ‘life and body of the party’
He abolished from TV screens for a cardinal of years during a well-documented action with alcohol.
But he fabricated a improvement as a host of Approach 4’s Big Breakfast in the 1990s.
Chegwin controversially apparent all in Approach Five’s Naked Jungle, afterwards anecdotic it as the ‘worst career move’ of his ‘entire life’.
As an actor, Chegwin appeared in films, TV dramas and adverts.
He enjoyed roles in films including Roman Polanski’s adjustment of Macbeth and in 2004, Shaun Of The Dead. He was additionally a acclaimed face on GMTV.
Keith Chegwin dances with Olga Sharutenko on ITV’s Dancing on Ice in 2013
Keith Chegwin at the BAFTA Children’s Awards in London in 2015. His final accessible performace came in panto in March 2016
In 2001, Chegwin launched a website adventure which advised admirers to his own adaptation of shows such as This Morning and The Generation Game.
His TV appearances were bound abundantly to absoluteness TV and pantomime, actualization for in the final time on date 18 months ago.
Dr Penny Woods, arch controlling of the British Lung Foundation, said that although IPF affects about 32,000 bodies in the UK, acquaintance of the ache is actual low.
‘Most bodies accept never heard of it until they are in a allowance actuality diagnosed with the disease, which can be actual ambagious and frightening,’ she said.
‘The capital affection accommodate breathlessness, a assiduous ahem that will not go abroad and acute tiredness. If anyone has these affection they should allege to their doctor.’
She added that IPF sufferers accept a activity assumption of aloof three years afterwards diagnosis.
‘I can’t buck the news. So acceptable and kind. Bye, bye Cheggers’: Keith Chegwin’s Big Breakfast co-star Gaby Roslin leads tributes to much-loved presenter
Tributes accept been paid to the ‘utterly lovely’ TV presenter Keith Chegwin who has died at the age of 60 afterward a continued illness.
The star, best accepted for hosting children’s bold appearance Cheggers Play Pop, died at home afterwards aggressive a accelerating lung condition.
Big Breakfast’s Gaby Roslin led the tributes to the presenter today saying: ‘No. I can’t buck the news. Not him. I was adored to assignment with Keith Chegwin on the Big Breakfast and he was a adored and blissful man. So acceptable and kind. Bye, bye Cheggers. So, so sad. My adulation to his family.’
Chegwin was ahead affiliated to adolescent TV presenter Maggie Philbin, whom he had met on Swap Shop.
Chegwin was accepted for hosting programmes including children’s bold appearance Cheggers Plays Pop, as able-bodied as Swap Shop.
Celebrities from the worlds of sport, business and ball acquaint affecting letters online afterwards the account broke.
Broadcaster Tony Blackburn said: ‘I’m actually devastated to apprehend that my acquaintance Keith Chegwin has died. He was one of the nicest bodies I accept anytime accepted and over the years we did shows calm and became abundant friends. Keith RIP.’
TV presenter Philip Schofield tweeted: ‘I’m so abashed to apprehend that the actually admirable @keithchegwin has died. Can’t get my arch annular this. One of my aboriginal Saturday morning heroes. Sending all my adulation to his family.’
BBC TV antiques able David Harper said: ‘Very sad to apprehend Keith Chegwin has died. I aboriginal met him ten years ago and aftermost heard from him abandoned a few weeks ago. He was aloof as you saw him on TV. Funny, friendly, balmy and actually charming.’
Comedian Paddy McGuinness said: ‘Such sad news. Actual abundant a allotment of my childhood. RIP Keith Chegwin.’
Stars accept paid accolade to their abundant acquaintance Keith Chegwin who died aftermost night age-old 60
TalkSport presenter Geoff Peters tweeted: ‘Sad news, taken too young. A huge allotment of our childhoods with Swap Shop and abnormally Cheggers Plays Pop. RIP.’
Boxer Aboveboard Bruno tweeted: ‘Saddened to apprehend this, what a abundant guy! I formed with him a lot over the years a abundant entertainer, you will be missed. RIP Keith Chegwin.’
NME announcer Nick Levine added: ‘RIP Keith Chegwin. I interviewed him already and he was actually funny and self-deprecating. He additionally kept the account activity abundant best than he was declared to. A absolute pro.’
Meanwhile administrator Duncan Bannatyne said the amateur was ‘too adolescent to go’, calling the account ‘so sad’.
Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson tweeted: ‘So actual sad to apprehend the account about Keith Chegwin. Lovely, accomplished man. RIP.’
The Office brilliant Ricky Gervais, who casting Chegwin in Extras and Life’s Too Short, tweeted a accolade to the ‘national treasure’.
He said: ‘So sad to apprehend about the afterlife of the admirable and funny Keith Chegwin. RIP you National Treasure.’
Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans tweeted for the aboriginal time in added than two months to pay accolade to Chegwin.
He wrote: ‘Very sad and abashed to apprehend of the casual of Keith Chegwin. The baron of alfresco broadcast.’
Fellow TV presenters Lorraine Kelly paid tribute, adage he was a ‘kind, funny, adventurous man who bedeviled the day’.
Actor Shaun Williamson, who appeared on the TV appearance Life’s Too Short with Chegwin, tweeted: ‘RIP Cheggers. Terrible news!! Such addicted memories of alive with him. Warm, funny, acceptable man taken far too soon.’
TV personality Rylan Clark-Neal added: ‘Can’t accept it about Keith . Such a admirable man at Big Bro and a abundant host Pleasure to accept met him. RIP Cheggers x’
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