Tributes pour in after Great British Bake Off contestant Luis Troyano dies

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·3-min read
Photo credit: Twitter
Photo credit: Twitter

From Cosmopolitan

Former The Great British Bake Off contestant Luis Troyano has died, his agent has announced. The 48-year-old baker, who appeared in series 5 of the much-loved TV show, made it to the final of the show back in 2014. He passed away as a result of oesophageal cancer.

Luis' agent, Anne Kibel, posted the news on Twitter earlier today. "Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week. 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," she wrote.

Following his success on the show, Luis also went on to open The Hive Bakery in Poynton, Manchester.

In the wake of his death, Luis' wife, Louise, has set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. On the page, she emotionally wrote of her late husband: "Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure x"

Luis' own words were included on the fundraising page, allowing him to thank all the organisations who played a role in helping him through his illness.

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"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 said prior to his death.

Since news about Luis' death broke, his fellow Bake Off contestants have paid tribute to him. Candice Brown, who won the series in 2016, posted on Twitter: "The bake off family will miss you Luis. A real gent and a pleasure to know. Sending so much love and strength to your friends and family."

The official Bake Off account also expressed their sadness at Luis' passing. "We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away," read a tweet posted today. "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."

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Ruby Tandoh described Luis' death as "terrible news," while Martha Collinson, who was just 17 when she appeared in the same series as Luis in 2014, said she had been baking in memory of her friend and fellow contestant.

"Baking something special today in memory of our beloved baker and friend, @luistroyano, who sadly lost his battle with cancer last week," Martha wrote on Twitter. "A true gent with the biggest laugh, you will be so missed - an honour to share that tent with you, King Luis."

Former host of the show, Sue Perkins, shared her sadness on social media too. "Gutted to hear of the passing of @luistroyano. He was a gentleman and I was very lucky to share a tent with him."

Our thoughts are with Luis' family and friends at this terribly sad time.

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