Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60

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Television star most famous for Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop dies after long battle with lung condition

The TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died at the age of 60 after a long illness, his family have said.

The star, best known for hosting the children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop, died at home having been ill with a progressive lung condition.

Keith Chegwin (C) with Debby Cumming and Gordon Astley on Cheggers Plays Pop in 1979.
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Keith Chegwin (C) with Debby Cumming and Gordon Astley on Cheggers Plays Pop in 1979. Photograph: Ronald Grant

A statement from his family said: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.”

They said he died peacefully at home just after midnight on Monday with his wife Maria, daughter Rose and son Ted by his side.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Severn Hospice for the kindness, support and care they have shown us all over the last few weeks,” the family said.

“Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”

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