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GBBO shares emotional tribute to Luis Troyano after he tragically passed away aged 48

The Great British Bake Off shared an emotional tribute to former contestant Luis Troyano on Tuesday’s finale after he tragically passed away aged 48 following a private battle with oesophageal cancer.   

Luis’ agent, Anne Kibel, shared the sad news on Twitter earlier this month, as she paid her respects to the 2014 runner-up and marketing manager who hailed from Stockport.

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

Emotional: The Great British Bake Off shared an emotional tribute to former contestant Luis Troyano on Tuesday’s finale after he tragically passed away aged 48 following a private battle with oesophageal cancer 

‘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.’ 

On Tuesday’s finale, where Peter Sawkins was crowned the winner of the 2020 Great British Bake Off, the show ended with an emotional tribute for Luis.  

With a picture of the late contestant during his time on the show, they penned: ‘In memory of Luis Troyano 1971-2020.’ 

GBBO also tweeted the emotional tribute, adding: ‘Rest in peace, dear Luis. [heart emoji] #GBBO.’ 

Heartbreaking: Luis' agent, Anne Kibel, shared the sad news on Twitter earlier this month, as she paid her respects to the 2014 runner-up and marketing manager who hailed from Stockport

Heartbreaking: Luis’ agent, Anne Kibel, shared the sad news on Twitter earlier this month, as she paid her respects to the 2014 runner-up and marketing manager who hailed from Stockport 

Much loved: On Tuesday's finale, where Peter Sawkins was crowned the winner of the 2020 Great British Bake Off , the show ended with an emotional tribute for Luis

Much loved: On Tuesday’s finale, where Peter Sawkins was crowned the winner of the 2020 Great British Bake Off , the show ended with an emotional tribute for Luis 

Viewers were left in tears over the touching tribute as they took to Twitter to pay their respects for Luis. 

One person said: ‘This years GBBO was so sorely needed and I’m so grateful the team went through so much to get it done. I was sobbing at the end, RIP Luis, you absolutely genuine, beautiful soul. #GBBO.’ 

A different viewer commented: ‘Really enjoyed the final, so chuffed for Peter I completely forgot about the bit they do at the end. I was fine(ish) till I saw Ronnie, but the dedication to Luis at the end broke me #GBBO.’ 

Another show watcher penned: ‘Oh my god I just fully welled up at the little Luis tribute at the end. What a lovely, wonderful man #gbbo.’

Touching tribute: Viewers were left in tears over the touching tribute as they took to Twitter to pay their respects for Luis

Touching tribute: Viewers were left in tears over the touching tribute as they took to Twitter to pay their respects for Luis 

While a different account added: ‘So touching to have the memorial for Luis at the end, one of my all time favourite contestants and a lovely man #GBBO.’

Luis’ passing comes more than a year after he underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening tumour, as he marked the occasion on Twitter in April this year. 

In the tweet he thanked the medical staff at Salford Royal Hospital for removing the ‘awful tumour’ and told how he was ‘in their debt’.

Heartache: Luis earned himself a place in the show's final in series five alongside Richard Burr and Nancy Birtwhistle, with Nancy going on to win

Heartache: Luis earned himself a place in the show’s final in series five alongside Richard Burr and Nancy Birtwhistle, with Nancy going on to win 

He tweeted: ‘A year ago today I had my cancer surgery and an awful tumour removed that would have killed me.

‘So a huge thank you to the amazing teams @SalfordRoyalNHS @TheChristieNHS @gi_upper @BilalAlkhaffaf and all the other incredible people @NHSuk that saved my life. I’m in your debt.’ 

The official Great British Bake Off Twitter account also paid tribute, saying those who had worked on the show were ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of Luis’ passing.

Love: Luis is survived by his wife Louise who wrote on a Just Giving page: 'Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x'

Love: Luis is survived by his wife Louise who wrote on a Just Giving page: ‘Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x’

'Always in our thoughts': The sad news was announced earlier this month by Luis's manager, Anne Kibel

‘Always in our thoughts’: The sad news was announced earlier this month by Luis’s manager, Anne Kibel 

A year on: Luis' passing comes more than a year after he underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening tumour, as he marked the occasion on Twitter in April this year

A year on: Luis’ passing comes more than a year after he underwent surgery to remove a life-threatening tumour, as he marked the occasion on Twitter in April this year

A statement read: ‘We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away. It was a huge honour and pleasure to have him in the Bake Off Tent for Series Five. Our condolences and thoughts go out to his friends and family.’ 

Luis earned himself a place in the show’s final in series five alongside Richard Burr and Nancy Birtwhistle, with Nancy going on to win.

The talented baker famously created an incredible edible tribute to his hometown, the mining village of Poynton, Stockport, as one of his showstoppers. 

'A huge honour and pleasure': The official Great British Bake Off Twitter account also paid tribute at the time, saying those who had worked on the show were 'deeply saddened'

‘A huge honour and pleasure’: The official Great British Bake Off Twitter account also paid tribute at the time, saying those who had worked on the show were ‘deeply saddened’

He also made a caramel-gilded cake depicting The Cage at Lyme Park, telling Cheshire Life at the time: ‘I’m a proud Stockport guy. I have no shame in saying where I’m from. 

‘I did The Cage mainly because it’s my wife’s favourite place to visit. I never expected that cake to get the response it did. When it aired, it went crazy with people going ”Where is this and what is it he’s done?”  

Oesophageal cancer is a disease caused by tumours growing in the food pipe between the mouth and stomach.

The cancer is most common among people in their 60s and 70s and affects more men than it does women.

Amazing: Louise shared this lovely post on a Just Giving page she has created to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Amazing: Louise shared this lovely post on a Just Giving page she has created to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support

Following his stint on Bake-Off, Luis made appearances on BBC Good Food and BBC Breakfast shows. He also released a cookbook in 2015 entitled Bake it Great. 

WHAT IS OESOPHAGEAL CANCER? 

Oesophageal cancer is a disease caused by tumours growing in the food pipe between the mouth and stomach.

The cancer is most common among people in their 60s and 70s and affects more men than it does women.

Oesophageal cancer can be hard to spot because it doesn’t cause any symptoms in its earlier stages, and only becomes noticed once the tumour has grown.

Symptoms may include difficulty swallowing, persistent indigestion or heartburn, loss of appetite, weight loss, and pain in the torso, chest or back. 

Survival rates are not high for oesophageal cancer, with only 12 per cent of people surviving for 10 years after a diagnosis.

Six out of 10 patients die within a year of being diagnosed, according to Cancer Research UK.

The exact cause of the disease isn’t well known but smoking, drinking too much alcohol, being overweight or having an unhealthy diet are believed to increase someone’s risk of getting it.

Sources: NHS and Cancer Research UK

A Just Giving page has since been created by his doting wife Louise to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

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

‘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.’

She added: ‘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 previously told Food And Drinks Guide how the show had changed things for him. 

He said: ‘The GBBO totally changed my life. As well as being given the opportunity to write a book, I now also bake for a living, which is simply amazing. As far as baking goes, I can certainly bake a lot faster now than before the GBBO!’ 

A host of other Bake Off stars shared their sadness following the news, Nadiya Hussain wrote: ‘RIP.’

Ruby Tandoh also shared a broken heart emoji and wrote: ‘Terrible news.’ 

In 2014, Luis Troyano opened his first bakery in his Cheshire hometown, called The Hive Bakery, which sat on the site of a former Greggs. 

In April 2015, Luis was announced as the patron of Beechwood Cancer Care Centre. 

According to the Manchester Evening News, Luis had lost his dad to cancer when he was aged 16 and had said he wished there had been a facility like Beechwood when he was going through his own loss. 

He said at the time: ‘I have lived in Stockport all my life and wanted to support a charity that was close to home.

‘It feels great to be a patron at Beechwood. There was nothing like Beechwood when I lost my dad and it was a tough time.

‘My time on The Great British Bake Off has been life changing and I feel honoured to support Beechwood.’  

RIP: A host of other Bake Off stars have been sharing their sadness following the news

RIP: A host of other Bake Off stars have been sharing their sadness following the news 

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