Bake-Off star Luis Troyano dead from oesophageal cancer


Bake-Off’s Luis Troyano dead: TV star, 48, passes away from oesophageal cancer after he thanked doctors for ‘giving him more time than seemed possible’

  • Luis was a runner up on the show in 2014 and was a graphic designer from Stockport
  • 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
  • In April 2015, Luis was announced as the patron of Beechwood Cancer Care Centre after losing his own father to cancer when he was aged 16 

Bake-Off star Luis Troyano has passed away from oesophageal cancer aged 48.

His agent, Anne Kibel, shared the sad news on Twitter on Tuesday, as she paid her respects to the 2014 runner-up and graphic designer from Stockport.

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

Bake-Off star Luis Troyano dead: TV star has passed away from oesophageal cancer aged 48

‘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.’ 

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.

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’

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

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

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.

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.’ 

Fellow Bake-Off star Nadiya Hussain wrote: ‘RIP.’

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

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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