TV star Keith Chegwin dies following long illness

Keith Chegwin rose to fame with Multi Coloured Swap Shop

He died while at home on Monday December 11.

Keith passed away earlier today following a long battle with the lung condition idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and shortly after, Maggie posted a blog to her website entitled "Sad news". "We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private" they added.

Some of the most well known names from the world of showbiz also paid tribute on Twitter.

The star, best known for hosting children's game show Cheggers Play Pop, died at home after battling a progressive lung condition.

The Liverpool-born comedian, who lived between Whitchurch and Wem, was a child actor, starring as Fleance in the film version of Macbeth in 1971, as well as string of Children's Foundation films and TV shows such as Open All Hours.

He last tweeted on September 28, writing of failing health condition: "Still not right".

Keith Chegwin leaves behind his wife, Maria, and his two children Rose and Ted.

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Chegwin was previously married to fellow TV presenter Maggie Philbin, whom he had met on Swap Shop.

"I saw him two months ago at his sister Janice's [DJ Janice Long's] wedding, where he was still attempting to be the life and soul of the party despite being on portable oxygen, and made sure he knew how much he meant to us all".

In a statement on Tuesday (NZ time), his family said he died overnight.

Another celeb to honour the late Dancing On Ice and Celebrity Big Brother star is Cheggers' Swap Shop colleague Noel Edmonds.

His career fell away in the 80s and 90s and he had a well-documented struggle with alcoholism for many years.

Chegwin returned to form with a spot on Channel Four's The Big Breakfast, where he presented "Down your Doorstep" including the classic catchphrase "Get up you beggars, it's Cheggers".

Chegwin controversially bared all in Channel Five's Naked Jungle, later describing it as the "worst career move" of his "entire life".

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