Luis Troyano Dead: Bake Off Star Passes Away Aged 48 After Cancer Battle
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Great British Bake Off star Luis Troyano has died at the age of 48, it has been confirmed.
The runner up from the 2014 show had been battling with oesophageal cancer before he passed away last week.
In an emotional statement, his wife Louise said he was "loved beyond words and will be missed beyond measure".
The news of Luis' passing was first announced on Twitter by his agent Anne Kibel.
"Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week," she wrote.
"A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts," shared Anne.
Fellow Bake Off favourites have since flocked to social media to pay their tributes, including Nadiya Hussain, who replied 'RIP,' and Ruby Tandoh, who shared a broken heart emoji and wrote: "Terrible news."
On a Just Giving page, which was set up following his death, Luis' wife wrote: "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x
"This page has been set up for Macmillan Cancer Support but in truth, Luis gave a big thank you to everyone involved in his care."
She added: "In Luis' own words.. A special thank you to Macmillan Cancer Support, East Cheshire Hospice and the NHS including Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Foundation Trust for trying to save my life and their tireless work to try and eliminate cancer.
"But more importantly a massive thank you to all the amazing professionals who really did try their absolute best for me, showed me absolute compassion and gave me more time than what was seemingly possible. I thank you sincerely."
Graphic designer Luis found fame on the 2014 series of GBBO, and ended up in the final alongside Richard Burr and Nancy Birtwhistle.
While Nancy bagged the trophy that year, he went on to have a successful career, with appearances on BBC's Breakfast Show and BBC Good Food, as well as his own cookbook release, 'Bake It Great.'
Our condolences to Luis' family.