"He leaves us all with very special memories.". "I first met him when we did a film about windsurfing when I joined Swap Shop in 1978 and was immediately struck by his fun, energy and kindness. He was married to Maria Fielden and Maggie Philbin. [30], In 2015 he took part in the fifteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. Keith 'Cheggers' Chegwin is a household name and has been at the top of his game for nearly 40 years. He died on December 11, 2017. He attended stage school with his twin brother, Jeff. The telly favourite, who was raised in Liverpool with his twin brother Jeff and sister Janice, was diagnosed with IPF in late 2017. [25][26], In November 2011 Chegwin played himself in the comedy horror film Kill Keith. [34][8], Chegwin was originally set to take part in the seventh series of Dancing on Ice, but he was forced to withdraw after breaking three ribs and fracturing his shoulder on the first day of training with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. "I told him, 'You don't have to come to the wedding. In 2015, he was a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother Series 15 where he finished in fourth place. Keith Chegwin promoting his appearance in a pantomime performance of Cinderella at a photo call in Reading. In a statement Keith’s family said: “We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year. Keith was a one-off - full of life, generous and with a focus on things that mattered - his family," she wrote on her website. Men are more at risk than women, and 85 per cent of those diagnosed are over 70. As a result of that I haven't slept through a night since - not for 11 years. Keith Chegwin died after a battle with IPF, Keith will TV presenter Holly Willoughby in 2006, The star once came forth in Celebrity Big Brother, Pictured with Martin Woodhams and Principal Barbara Speake at Barbara Speake Stage School in Acton, London, 10th May 1971, Noel and Keith with Maggie Philbin and John Craven from Swap Shop, He stripped bare for game show Naked Jungle in 2000, He said the show was one of his biggest regrets, He guest-starred alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras, He also took part in Celebrity Masterchef, Pictured with Olga Sharutenko in Dancing On Ice, (Image: WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture Service (BBC Pictures) as set out at www.bbcpictures.co.uk. In 2006 he appeared as himself in an episode of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's comedy series Extras. But in the 1990s, Keith’s career suffered as he battled alcoholism. Keith passed away from a progressive lung condition in December 2017 and now Janice has spoken out about Keith's final days in order to raise awareness of the condition. "He knew he was going to die. ", "Keith died peacefully at home shortly after midnight on the 11th of December. Keith Chegwin's haunting last tweet as the UK actor and entertainer dies aged 60 "Keith was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Keith Chegwin was born on January 17, 1957 in Liverpool, England. 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Known for his roles on Cheggers Plays Pop, Saturday Superstore, Naked Jungle, and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Janice told the Daily Express that Keith's diagnosis came as a surprise because he was "such an active person". His early career saw him performing in such West End stage shows as Tom Brown's School Days and Captain Pugwash. Check out our picks for movies that (hopefully) won't keep you up at night. That’d be the same AMPAS who dish out the Academy Awards. ), Keith Chegwin with ex wife Maggie Philbin and daughter, Keith pictured with ex wife Maggie in 1987, Subscribe to Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror newspapers, 'How can my mum die?' Raised in Liverpool with his twin brother Jeff and sister Janice Long, he first rose to fame in the seventies, fronting popular TV shows including Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop alongside Noel Edmonds and his future wife Maggie Philbin. Keith Chegwin, Actor: Shaun of the Dead. "Everyone thought I was fine but I wasn't actually. In 1973 he appeared in the pilot episode of Open All Hours. Janice said of Keith, who passed away two years ago on December 11th: "He was joking right until the end of his life. [47], "Keith Chegwin: 'Phil Collins let me sing his first song, "Keith Chegwin was an integral part of the golden age of children's television", "Keith Chegwin was the clown prince of children's TV – he brought a whole generation together", "Actor and television presenter Keith Chegwin dies aged 60", "Keith Chegwin - I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Tony Blackburn remembers Keith Chegwin: We were like brothers", "TV Presenter Keith Chegwin Dies Aged 60", "Summer's begun. Katie Price's mum Amy also suffers from the illness. He was previously married to presenter Maggie Philbin. According to the British Lung Foundation the disease causes fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs, which makes them stiffer so it is difficult to breathe. 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I'd never take my clothes off again. On 6 February, he finished in fourth place. Keith Chegwin (17 January 1957 – 11 December 2017) was an English television presenter and actor, appearing in several children's entertainment shows in the 1970s and 1980s, including Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop. DIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS: LUNG CONDITION WITH NO CUREAround 6,000 people a year are diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), the disease that killed Keith Chegwin. [23], In 2007 Chegwin voiced and starred in the quiz-based video game Cheggers Party Quiz, in which a CGI version of himself acts as a quizmaster. [36], In 2010 Chegwin attracted a lot of criticism from other comedians for posting other acts' jokes on his Twitter account without crediting them. Later, he starred in Swap Shop and Superstore where he travelled around Britain helping children swap their toys. I will be back – But not for a bit yet. Sufferers can ease their symptoms by quitting smoking, exercising and eating well. Never. We would respectfully ask to be left to mourn his passing in private.”. Smoking, exposure to certain pollution, acid reflux, some viruses and genetics may increase the risk. I think Maggie and I both realised years ago - and it wasn't drink, even though everyone said it was - that it just didn't work. He then went on to marry Maria Chegwin and the pair had son Teddy. 'The disease was so rapid, but he insisted and he made the guests laugh.". The former couple had a daughter together. (1999). The entertainer made a comeback when he started working on GMTV, and could regularly be seen knocking on the doors of competition winners houses. You can unsubscribe at any time. I had never known him watch daytime TV in his life but he was so ill and mostly just sleeping. Within weeks he was in a wheelchair and had to sleep downstairs. 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