This Morning star dies at 53 after ‘sudden illness’

This Morning star Dr Uchenna Okoye has died suddenly after a short illness.

The 53 year old medical expert, who also appeared on 10 Years Younger in 10 Days, passed away on Friday, 15 September.

In an Instagram post, her family said: "We are heartbroken to announce that Dr Uchenna Okoye sadly passed away after a sudden illness on Friday 15th September 2023.

"We know many of you will be devastated and shocked to see this post.

"We ask for your prayers and some privacy at this difficult time. We will be in touch in the coming days."

Fans and colleagues rushed to pay their respects in the comments. Celebrity make-up artist Hannah Martin said: "Devastating news. My love and prayers to her family. We will all miss your infectious energy and warmth."

This Morning beauty expert Sarah Jossel wrote: "This is so devastating to hear. My sincere condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. What a huge huge loss. She will be missed by so many."

TV presenter Susannah Constantine said she was "shocked and heartbroken". She added: "Prayers to Uchenna's family xxx."

Former Loose Women star Andrea McLean commented: "This is the saddest news. Please pass on my love and prayers to her family."

Uchenna's representative also confirmed the tragic news in an emotional statement, saying: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of the much loved and respected Cosmetic Dentist, Dr Uchenna Okoye, who passed away after falling ill at home on Friday 15th September 2023.

"At this time, we ask for your prayers for her young daughter, her family, her team of staff at London Smiling Dental Group and her friends who are all struggling to come to terms with her loss. We request that you respect Uchenna’s family’s wishes for privacy at this very difficult time."

The statement continued: "The Uchenna sparkle touched the lives of everyone she met and drew her into stardom on 10 Years Younger makeover show, followed by 10 Years Younger in 10 Days where her passion and compassion leaps off the screen.

"For the last twenty years, her deep knowledge of dentistry and her incredible chair-side manner made her the ‘go-to’ spokeswoman for any dental issue and a popular contributor to radio, TV, and women’s consumer press."

Uchenna is survived by her daughter.

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