Dale Winton died from 'natural causes', coroner rules

The Supermarket Sweep star was found dead at his new home in north London in April, aged 62 sparking false rumours he had committed suicide.

However, the office of Dale's long-time agent, Jan Kennedy, said this afternoon "that the coroner investigating the death of Dale Winton has found death by natural causes".

Winton became a household name with game shows such as Supermarket Sweep, Touch The Truck and the National Lottery game show In It To Win It.

Supermarket Sweep, which saw contestants run around a mocked-up shop collecting shopping items, was a hit in the 1990s and was later revived.

David Walliams, Martine McCutcheon and Christopher Biggins were among the stars who attended a humanist service in central London in May, on what would have been Dale's 63rd birthday.

The "national treasure's" send-off included a performance of One Love by boyband Blue and an impersonation of Winton courtesy of Jon Culshaw.

After the telly favourite's shock death, his friends spoke out to quash false rumours he had committed suicide.

Pal Gloria Hunniford said: "I just think it's so sad when people say he took his own life. So many people have said, 'It's such a shame he committed suicide'.

"But he didn’t. He did not commit suicide and I'm keen to set the record straight."

Kennedy previously said in a statement to the Press Association: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

"While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy at this time of grief."

After the sudden news of his death, Paul O'Grady, Davina McCall, Graham Norton, Laurence Fox, Les Dennis, Jack Whitehall and Paddy McGuinness were among those to pay tribute to the man David Walliams described as "always outrageous and hilarious".

Dale came out as gay in his 2002 autobiography and said in a 2008 interview that he had not come out before because no one had ever asked about his sexual orientation.

In 2016 – after a break from the industry – Winton opened up about his battle with depression, triggered by a break-up.

"Listen, there are worse things in the world – but I had depression and I didn't realise," he told Loose Women.

The star did return to TV in early 2018 to host Dale Winton's Florida Fly Drive and admitted then that ill health had forced him to take a long break from television.

Scotland Yard previously said the star's death was being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.


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