Ben Shephard has paid tribute to a former Tipping Point contestant named Alan, who has sadly passed away.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the Good Morning Britain host – who fronts the popular ITV quiz show – expressed his sadness in a heartfelt message, which read: "We were so very sad to hear about Alan's passing, he was such a gent and great fun on Tipping Point.
"I know the family were keen that his episode could be enjoyed by everyone as much as he enjoyed being a part of it! My deepest sympathies to Alan's wife and their family."
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Ben Shephard with Tipping Point contestant Alan and his family
The episode, which Alan appeared in, was shown on ITV this week. Show bosses released this statement: "After the recording of today's programme, we spoke with Alan's family who shared the sad news of his passing. Everyone at Tipping Point would like to extend their sincerest sympathies #TippingPoint."
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Viewers flocked to social media to pay their respects, with one writing: "Watching now. Such a lovely cheery guy too. Thoughts with his family." Another remarked: "I hope seeing him enjoying being a part of the show brings some comfort to all who knew him. RIP Alan."
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This series of Tipping Point has wrapped, with the celebrity version also ending on Sunday. Tipping Point: Lucky Stars will feature the likes of Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Love Island star Olivia Jade Attwood and comedian Richard Herring.
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The afternoon quiz show sees four players take on an extraordinary machine in the hope of winning it's £10,000 jackpot. Previous contestants in this latest series have included American actor Rob Delaney and sportsman Graeme Swann.
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