The telly favourite has passed away his family confirmed
TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 following a ”long-term battle with a progressive lung condition”, his family said.
In a statement, Chegwin’s 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.”
“Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were 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.”
Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 (Image: PA)
The star once came forth in Celebrity Big Brother
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“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”
Born in Liverpool, he first rose to fame in the seventies, fronting popular TV shows including Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop alongside Noel Edmonds and his future wife Maggie Philbin.
The trio released single I Wanna Be A Winner in January 1982, which reached number 15 in the charts.
He was also a reality show favourite, taking part in Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Masterchef and Dancing On Ice.
Noel and Keith with Maggie Philbin and John Craven from Swap Shop (Image: London Features International)
He stripped bare for game show Naked Jungle in 2000 (Image: Press Association)
He guest-starred alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras (Image: Wenn)
He also took part in Celebrity Masterchef (Image: Generic Singles)
Pictured with Olga Sharutenko in Dancing On Ice (Image: ITV)
He was previously married to Swap Shop presenter Maggie Philbin, who he had daughter Rose with.
However, their marriage subsequently collapsed and he admitted he was an alcoholic before quitting drinking in 2003.
“I very rarely see her,” he said of his ex in 2013. “Really it’s just the occasional phone call about Rose. It’s 11 years down the line.
“So it’s very difficult to answer that one. I think Maggie and I both realised years ago – and it wasn’t drink, even though everyone said it was – that it just didn’t work.
“There are always people you gel with, then think, ‘Oh, time to move on’. And that’s exactly what we did.
Keith’s wedding to Maggie (Image: REX/Shutterstock)
Keith Chegwin with ex wife Maggie Philbin and daughter
Keith pictured with ex wife Maggie in 1987 (Image: Daily Record)
“The newspapers were searching for a reason, but Maggie and I have always said we wouldn’t talk about each other – end of story.”
He then went on to marry Maria Chegwin and the pair had son Teddy.
On the subject of his drinking, he once admitted that the first four years of sobriety were tough.
“I don’t drink at all now. It’s been 11 years – I’m very lucky. The first three or four years were difficult but, as time’s gone on, it’s become a lot easier. I don’t go into a hotel and ask them to remove or empty the mini bar like I used to,” he said in 2013.
“When I’d just got sober I was doing the Big Breakfast and was on the road for two-and-a-half years and sat in hotels staring at the mini bar.
“Everyone thought I was fine but I wasn’t actually. The nights were murder. As a result of that I haven’t slept through a night since – not for 11 years. I’m awful, I go to bed for an hour and wake up.”
He had been battling a lung condition (Image: WENN)
At the peak of his addiction, he said he would drink two and a half bottles of whisky a day.
“I used to wake up at 3am or 5am for a drink you see, so my body just got used to that over the years,” he said.
“When you stop drinking your tolerance level to it goes up, not down. Now – although I haven’t put it to the test – if I went back to the drink it would probably take three bottles. That’s never out of my mind.”
He has a twin brother who he attended stage school with.
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