Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins and Candice Brown pay tribute to late baker Luis Troyano

THE GREAT British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood, Candice Brown, and Sue Perkins paid touching tribute to late contestant Luis Troyano today.

The baker's wife Louise revealed that Luis died last week after a battle with oesophageal cancer, aged 48.

Luis was a runner-up on the show in 2014, and 54-year-old judge Paul was among the first to pay their respects.

Sharing a photo of the fan favourite in the Bake Off tent, Paul wrote: "So sad to hear the news about Luis .. He was a fantastic baker and will be missed by all in the Bake Off team..

"My thoughts are with his family."

Former host Sue Perkins tweeted: "Gutted to hear of the passing of @luistroyano.

"He was a gentleman and I was very lucky to share a tent with him. All love to his family xxx".

Candice, who won the 2016 series of Bake Off, wrote: "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."

Kim-Joy, who appeared in the 2018 series of the show, posted on Instagram: "Heartbreaking to lose one of the Bake Off family.

"What a great baker, I remember being in awe of Luis' creative bakes on the show.

"My thoughts are with his friends and family."

And the show's official Twitter page paid touching tribute too, penning: "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' wife has set up a JustGiving page to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support following Luis' death.

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."

Luis' agent Anne Kibel said: "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."

Luis made it to the final of Bake Off in 2014 but lost out on the crown to Nancy Birtwhistle.

Following his success on the show, Luis appeared on BBC Good Food and BBC Breakfast shows; he also released a book in 2015 called Bake it Great.

Speaking previously about his time on the show, Luis 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."

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