‘Dale Winton was the perfect host’: Celebrities pay tribute to entertainer on Twitter

Tributes have been pouring in today for veteran television presenter Dale Winton, who has passed away at the age of 62.

The announcement was made last night by his long-term agent Jan Kennedy who did not give details on the cause of his death.

The popular gameshow host is reported to have died at his home and was best known for hosting ITV’s Supermarket Sweep from 1993 to 2000.

Paddy McGuiness was among those paying tribute on Twitter last night, saying he was “the perfect host, he made it all look effortless. RIP”

Meanwhile, close friend and comedian David Walliams – who starred with Winton in the comedy series Come Fly With Me – says he’s heartbroken.

Fellow presenter Jonathan Ross says he was a “real sweetheart”.

Culture Club and The Voice’s Boy George – who appeared on Winton’s episode of This is Your Life in 2000 – described Winton as “a sweet man”.

Winton started his broadcasting career in London as a DJ on local radio.

In 1986 he went on to join BBC Bristol before his big TV break came on Supermarket Sweep.

More recently, Winton has been presenting shows such as Hole in the Wall and the National Lottery’s In It To Win It.

His final and most recent TV appearance saw him explore Disneyland on Channel 5’s Florida Fly Drive, which aired on our screens back in February.

Despite a positive reaction from viewers, the remaining four episodes of the show were pulled following the tragic shooting at a Florida High School.

The final four episodes are now expected to be released later this year

Next time you’re at the checkout and you hear the beep, think of the fun Dale Winton gave us in life and on Supermarket Sweep!

Share your own tribute on Twitter @CelebMix

Written by Jay Curtis

Radio & Television Presenter and Showbiz Reporter