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BILL TURNBULL’s heartbroken wife has said it’s “hard to imagine life without” the BBC broadcaster following his long battle with cancer.

Popular TV anchor Bill Turnbull was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 – forcing him to temporarily step down from his Classic FM radio show.

Despite his illness, Bill continued his work and even replaced Piers Morgan in Good Morning Britain, in 2021.

His wife Sarah McCombie’s moving statement was read out by a devastated Naga Munchetty on BBC’s daytime show on Thursday.

Naga read: “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 they shared some wonderful moments.

“Although Bill was often in pain, he was dignified and brave throughout and he was his usual determined self right until the very end. Billy made us laugh everyday. We are immensely proud of him. He was the heart of our family. It’s hard to imagine life without him.”

Tributes have poured in from friends and former colleagues, with Piers Morgan and Dan Walker leading the way.

Piers Morgan took to Twitter to share his condolences for “one of the best broadcasters in Britain”.

He said: “One of the best broadcasters in Britain, and such a smart, funny, warm & generous-spirited man.

“Fought his illness with typical stoicism, courage and humour. Bill made presenting live TV look so effortless, which was his great talent. Such sad news.”

Read our Bill Turnbull blog below for the latest updates…

  • Bill Turnbull’s Game of Thrones mix up

    It’s happened to all of us, you’re chatting with someone and embarrassingly get their name wrong.

    Well, Bill Turnbull made the mix-up when speaking to Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington.

    After chatting to Kit about the death of his alter ego, Bill said: “Thanks very much, Jon.”

    Kit, who wasn’t offended and saw the funny side, assured him: “It’s alright, it happens.”

  • Bill Turnbull’s hilarious dig at Piers Morgan

    Bill Turnbull was a mainstay on British screens for almost two decades, and over that time he had some truly hilarious moments.

    In a hilarious dig at the controversial host, Bill made a joke that he would storm off the set like Piers Morgan infamously did in March 2021.

    While welcoming viewers to the show, which had run behind time, he said: “Good Morning Britain, it is now five minutes past eight. For a moment I thought I was going to have to storm out the studio.”

  • How old was Bill Turnbull?

    Bill Turnbull passed away at the age of 66.

    The presenter was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 – forcing him to temporarily step down from his Classic FM radio show.

    He had a wife, and three children.

  • Strictly looks back on Bill’s iconic spell on the show

    Strictly Come Dancing has looked back on Bill Turnbull’s time on the show.

    Bill stunned viewers, floating across the dancefloor and becoming an expert ballroom dancer.

    “Sending heartfelt condolences to Bill Turnbull’s family and friends. A truly brilliant broadcaster turned ballroom dancer when he joined us on series three of Strictly,” Strictly’s statement read.

  • What TV shows has Bill Turnbull appeared in?

    Turnbull is famed for his role on BBC Breakfast, but else had he been in?

    Other TV appearances include ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Through The Keyhole; the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, Would I Lie To You?, Pointless Celebrities and Room 101, and he appeared in the dictionary corner for Channel 4’s Countdown.

    In 2011 he appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Wedding Of River Song in which he played himself.

  • Naga Munchetty holds back tears as she announces Bill Turnbull’s death live on TV

    Close friend and former co-presenter of the BBC Legend, Naga Munchetty, was visibly distraught as she informed the nation of Bill’s passing.

    News broke this morning that  Bill, 66, had died after a battle with prostate cancer.

    Speaking about Bill, who spent 15 years on the show until his departure in 2016, Naga said: “I can only say as a team we are in shock this morning, we know what he meant to so many of you viewers.

    “I can honestly say after having worked with Bill so closely, as Mike you did, Charlie, we all did, he cared so much about this programme and the audience.”

    She added: “I did my first ever presenting shift with him on Breakfast. He drove this programme and that’s what great presenters do and great journalists do, and we are all sending our thoughts and condolences as well to Sessie and Bill’s family. We will miss him very much.”

  • Bill Turnbull’s heartbreaking message ahead of Classic FM return

    Prior to his passing, Bill was set to return to his role at radio station Classic FM

    He told his followers: “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!”

  • BBC top brass leads tributes to Bill Turnbull

    The BBC’s Director-general, Tim Davie, has paid tribute to the late broadcaster.

    Mr Davie said: “Bill was a much loved and respected broadcaster and journalist – not just by viewers but by all those lucky enough to have worked with him.

    “He always struck the right tone, no matter what the story. Warm, wise, professional and caring, he will be much missed by us all.
    “Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends.”

  • Inside Bill Turnbull’s final GMB appearance

    Bill Turnball’s final Good Morning Britain appearance with friend and co-star Susanna Reid has resurfaced following his tragic passing.

    During the show aired on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Bill discussed everything from the coronavirus lockdown to a controversial Marilyn Monroe statue, as well as interviewing former UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

    He also told how he had been labelled a “saucepot” in a spot of banter with Susanna.

  • Bill Turnbull’s heartbreaking message ahead of Classic FM return

    Prior to his passing, Bill was set to return to his role at radio station Classic FM

    He told his followers: “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!”

  • When was Bill Turnbull diagnosed with prostate cancer?

    Bill was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017.

    The diagnosis came whilst filming for the celebrity special of The Great British Bake Off which is in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

    Follwoing his diagnosis he said: “It saddens me that I’m not going to be around as much as I thought with my wife and family…and I realised if things progress as they do on average, I can’t plan beyond 12 years.”

  • Prostate cancer symptoms and what to do

    Prostate cancer affects men everywhere, but what are the signs, and what should you do if you are worried?

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  • ‘He’s waiting, and that’s fine’

    In 2020, the ex-BBC Breakfast presenter said he was not scared of dying after coming to terms with his terminal diagnosis.

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    Bill said: “I’ve thought a great deal about death since I was diagnosed with cancer because he’s there, y’know – the fella with the hood over his head and the scythe. He’s waiting, and that’s fine.

    “I’ve developed quite a healthy relationship with death, I feel very, very calm about it because I’ve given it a lot of thought.

    “There’s no way I’m going to imagine I can live forever, nor would I really want to.”

  • Susanna Reid pays tribute to Bill Turnbull

    Bill Turnbull’s former colleague and co-presenter, Susanna Reid, described him as “the kindest, funniest, most generous man in the business”.

    She tweeted: “I feel lucky to have worked with him and he taught me everything.

    “But above all, he was devoted to his family and I am heartbroken for them. RIP Bill. We will miss you so much.”

  • Statement from Bill Turnball’s family

    A statement said: “Bill was diagnosed in 2017 and has had outstanding medical care from the Royal Marsden and Ipswich Hospitals, St Elizabeth Hospice and his GP.

    “He was resolutely positive and was hugely buoyed by the support he received from friends, colleagues, and messages from people wishing him luck. It was a great comfort to Bill that so many more men are now testing earlier for this disease.

    “Bill will be remembered by many as a remarkable broadcaster who brought warmth and humour into people’s homes on BBC Breakfast and Classic FM.

    “He was also a devoted Wycombe Wanderers fan and an ever-aspiring beekeeper. Bill was a wonderful husband and father to his three children; his family and friends will miss how he always made them laugh, and the generosity and love he shared with those around him.”

  • Steph McGovern remembers Bill Turnull

    Former BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern reacted to Bill Turnbull’s death, saying “We all loved him.”

    She tweeted: “Absolutely gutted that our Bill Turnbull has passed away.

    “A fantastic broadcaster and a brilliant friend… I learnt so much from him. And we had some cracking arguments about how you should pronounce words like ‘poor’.

    “We all loved him #RIPBill.”

  • Bill’s passion for bees

    Away from broadcasting, Bill Turnbull had a passion for bee keeping.

    He even ran the London Marathon wearing a bee-keeper’s suit.

    “There’s a zen-like calm that you get when you open up a hive and the sun is shining,” he said.

    “It puts you in a good mood and takes you out of yourself.”

  • Bill Turnbull appeared on the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind

    Turnbull is famed for his role on BBC Breakfast, but else had he been in?

    Other TV appearances include ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Through The Keyhole; the BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, Would I Lie To You?, Pointless Celebrities and Room 101, and he appeared in the dictionary corner for Channel 4’s Countdown.

    In 2011 he appeared in the Doctor Who episode The Wedding Of River Song in which he played himself.

  • What should you do if you have symptoms of prostate cancer?

    Go to your GP if you have any of these symptoms. If it isn’t prostate cancer, it may be something else that can be treated.

    Your GP might suggest having tests if you have symptoms of a prostate problem.

    The main tests are a urine test, PSA blood test, and digital rectal examination.

  • Bill had the public in stitches

    In 2020, Bill sent fans into fits of laughter on GMB when he lost his earpiece on live TV.

    Susannah told viewers that Bill was having a ‘Hump Day’ Wednesday.

    He replied: “And I’ve forgotten my contact lenses and I’m having to wear glasses. And then my earpiece popped out and we can’t find it.”

    A clip was then shown of the entire production team scrambling around to find the missing gadget during an ad break.

    Ranvir Singh even tried to look for it in his ear, to which he replied: “Stop fiddling with me. Keep your hands to yourself!”

  • Naga visibly distraught

    Naga Munchetty, was visibly distraught as she informed the nation of Bill’s passing this morning.

    Speaking about Bill, who spent 15 years on the show until his departure in 2016, Naga said: “I can only say as a team we are in shock this morning, we know what he meant to so many of you viewers.

    “I can honestly say after having worked with Bill so closely, as Mike you did, Charlie, we all did, he cared so much about this programme and the audience.”

    She added: “I did my first ever presenting shift with him on Breakfast. He drove this programme and that’s what great presenters do and great journalists do, and we are all sending our thoughts and condolences as well to Sessie and Bill’s family. We will miss him very much.”

  • Live slip-up

    Although he was a consummate professional, Bill had the occasional slip-up live on air.

    In 2015, he suffered a major gaffe when he accidentally dropped the C-bomb.

    He stumbled on his words as he attempted to say “clients” but ended up saying “c***s” instead.

    The experienced broadcaster quickly regained his composure and carried on with the segment like nothing had happened.

  • Prostate cancer UK pays tribute to Bill Turnbull

    The official Twitter of account of Prostate Cancer UK has paid tribute to the late Bill Turnbull, who passed away from the illness this week.

    “Our friend and ambassador Bill Turnbull has died,” the statement read.

    “Bill worked tirelessly to raise awareness of prostate cancer following his diagnosis in 2017, and it was our privilege to work alongside him. Our thoughts are with Bill’s loved ones today.”

  • Who to contact if you have symptoms of prostate cancer

    Bill Turnbull, the legendary BBC presenter, has died after a long battle with prostate cancer, an illness that affects 1 in 8 men.

    Men often struggle to speak to doctors about their health problems, but calling your GP early can save lives.

    If you have any of the symptoms below, it is crucial that you call your GP.

    1. Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
    2. Needing to rush to the toilet
    3. Difficulty in starting to pee
    4. Weak flow
    5. Straining and taking a long time while peeing
    6. Feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied fully

    Your GP might suggest having tests if you have symptoms of a prostate problem.

    The main tests are a urine test, PSA blood test, and digital rectal examination.

  • The SIX prostate cancer symptoms to look out for

    Iconic BBC presenter Bill Turnbull passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer this week.

    1 in 8 men will experience the illness at one point in their lives, so it is crucial you recognise the signs.

    Here are the six key symptoms of the disease:

    1. Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
    2. Needing to rush to the toilet
    3. Difficulty in starting to pee
    4. Weak flow
    5. Straining and taking a long time while peeing
    6. Feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied fully

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