Great British Bake Off's Luis Troyano dies at 48

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Former Great British Bake Off contestant Luis Troyano has died at the age of 48.

Luis, was a finalist in the TV baking contest in 2014, was battling with esophageal cancer.

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Former Great British Bake Off contestant Luis Troyano has died at the age of 48. Photo: Getty Images

“Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against esophageal cancer last week,” Troyano’s manager said on Twitter.

“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.”

The Great British Bake Off released a statement in tribute to the marketing manager from Cheshire.

“We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away. It was a huge honor and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off tent for Series Five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family.”

A JustGiving page to raise money for charity Macmillan Cancer Support has been set up in his memory.

“Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure,” it reads.

“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.”

The page then went on to reveal a statement written 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. 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,” he wrote.

Luis made it to the final alongside Richard Burr and NHS secretary Nancy Birtwhistle on the 2014 series of the show.

In 2015, Troyano published his own cookbook, Bake It Great.

Many have paid tribute to Troyano on social media, who appears to always have been very friendly to Bake Off fans and fellow food bloggers he met at festivals and events.

Food illustrator Tom Hovey, who draws the incredible creations on Bake Off, tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of wonderful baker and lovely man.”

Words by Albertina Lloyd

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