Luis Troyano dead: Great British Bake Off star passes away from oesophageal cancer aged 48

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Great British Bake Off star Luis Troyano has sadly passed away after a battle with oesophageal cancer, his wife has confirmed.

The 48 year old, who rose to fame as a finalist on the fifth series of the hit show, battled the disease privately.

Luis' wife Louise announced the heartbreaking news as she launched a Just Giving page for the star.

She wrote: "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

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"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."

Louise continued: "In Luis' own words.. A special thankyou 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.

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"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."

Anne Kibel, who represented Luis following his success in the baking competition, took to social media to announce the news on Tuesday.

She wrote: "Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week.

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"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."

Following his appearance on Great British Bake Off, which saw him lose out only to Nancy Birtwhistle, he made appearance on both BBC Good Food and BBC Breakfast.

Winner of the sixth series of the show, Nadiya Hussain, was amongst the first to pay tribute to Luis, simply writing: "RIP."

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