TV star Keith Chegwin dies following long illness

TV star Keith Chegwin dies following long illness

His death at home earlier today was confirmed in a statement by his family that said a "long-term battle with a progressive lung condition" had "rapidly worsened towards the end of this year".

I grew up in an era when Chegwin was omnipresent on children's television, courtesy of his lively work on the likes of The Multicoloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore.

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Chegwin began his career as a child performer in The Happy Wanderers concert party before appearing on television in Junior Showtime.

"Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December".

'Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. His wife Maria, his daughter Rose and his son Ted were by his side. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private'.

Chegwin - or Cheggers as he was more commonly known - is best known for his role on Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop. A huge part of our childhoods with Swap Shop and especially Cheggers Plays Pop. RIP'.

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He made no secret of his battle with alcoholism but staged a comeback in recent years when he was a regular on reality TV.

Chegwin returned to form with a spot on Channel Four's The Big Breakfast, where he presented "Down your Doorstep" including the classic catchphrase "Get up you beggars, it's Cheggers".

He also appeared in Roman Polanski's Macbeth, playing Banquo's son.

He was also a well-known face on GMTV.

Chegwin's final appearance on TV was on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, followed by Celebrity Masterchef in the same year.

In 2001, Chegwin launched a website venture which treated viewers to his own version of shows such as This Morning and The Generation Game.