TV and radio presenter Bill Turnbull excitedly spoke about returning to his Classic FM show just weeks ago after a ten-month break due to his ill health – then spent a ‘wonderful’ last week with his family before his death aged 66.
Turnbull’s relatives said the former BBC Breakfast presenter died ‘peacefully’ at home in Suffolk yesterday after a ‘challenging and committed fight against prostate cancer’ which had been diagnosed in November 2017.
He had written in a tweet on August 4: ‘Roll over Beethoven – BIll Turnbull’s back @ClassicFM!Yes, I’m returning to host the most exciting classical music show on the airwaves this Saturday from 10 till 1. Don’t miss it!’
Turnbull went on to present three final Saturday morning shows on Classic FM on August 6, 13 and 20 – with the radio station tweeting last month that it was ‘a delight to have much-loved broadcaster Bill Turnbull back’.
The news of his death was also announced live on air by his emotional former colleagues Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt during this morning’s BBC Breakfast. Both visibly tearful, the duo remembered their predecessor on the BBC One morning show as ‘our friend and former colleague’ and an ‘amazing’ journalist with a ‘wise head’.
Turnbull, who appeared on the programme from 2001 until 2016, revealed the diagnosis in March 2018 and detailed his treatment in a Channel 4 documentary called Staying Alive.
In October last year Turnbull announced he was taking a leave of absence from his show on Classic FM for health reasons.But he returned to the radio station last month to host on Saturday mornings. Classic FM confirmed to MailOnline that his last show was just 12 days ago, on August 20.
Stayt said on BBC Breakfast today: ‘Welcome back. We have some sad news to bring you this morning.Our former colleague, former Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has died. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2017.’
Munchetty then read out a statement from his wife Sesi which said: ‘Our lovely Billy died yesterday evening almost five years after being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.The last week of his life was very special – as the whole family was with him and 야마토게임 we shared some wonderful moments.’
Former BBC Breakfast and Classic FM presenter Bill Turnbull has died at the age of 66, his family revealed this morning
TV and radio presenter Bill Turnbull excitedly spoke about returning to his Classic FM show just weeks ago on August 4
Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid present ITV’s Good Morning Britain together on February 26, 2020
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Bill Turnbull with his wife Sesi as he leaves BBC Breakfast for the last time after 15 years of service on February 26, 2016
Bill Turnbull with his daughter Flora Turnbull in a Twitter post for his birthday that she posted on January 25, 2021
Bill Turnbull was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, when he partnered with Karen Hardy