Hairy Bikers chef Dave Myers dies at 66 | Television

The TV chef Dave Myers, finest often called one half of the Hairy Bikers, has died from most cancers at the age of 66, his co-star, Si King, has introduced.

Myers discovered fame alongside King, his buddy of 30 years, as a part of the motorcycle-riding cooking duo. He reached new followers in 2013 when he took half in Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with Karen Hauer and reaching week seven of the BBC competitors.

The assertion from King stated: “I’m afraid I bear some unhappy information. Most of you’ll know Dave has been preventing most cancers for the previous couple of years. Last night time, on 28 February 2024, with Lili, Dave’s spouse, his household, shut buddy David and myself by his facet, he handed away peacefully at house.

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“All who knew Dave are devastated at his passing. His beloved spouse introduced him such happiness as did her youngsters, Iza and Sergiu, who Dave liked like his personal.

“Personally, I’m not positive I can put into phrases how I really feel at the second. My finest buddy is on a journey that for now I can’t comply with. I’ll miss him on daily basis and the bond and friendship we shared over half a lifetime. I want you god’s pace brother; you’re and can stay a beacon on this world. See you on the opposite facet. Love ya.”

Myers, born in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, introduced in May 2022 that he was receiving therapy for most cancers. He didn’t specify what sort he had been identified with, telling the Guardian that this was “because everybody then goes Googling, everybody becomes an amateur doctor … And I don’t want to be judged.”

Dave Myers and Karen Hauer in rehearsals for Strictly Come Dancing in 2013. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC/PA

The presenter’s newest BBC Two collection, The Hairy Bikers Go West, began airing this month. The present, wherein they journey down the west coast of Britain from Scotland to Devon, is the primary since Myers’ most cancers prognosis and has been described as “magical”.

Alongside a festive particular, The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas, it was seen as marking a extra transferring, touching course to Myers and King’s reveals, characterised by a rising openness and more and more poignant meditations on the significance of celebrating life’s joys.

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During the primary episode, Myers stated it was “a dream come true” to be again on his bike as a result of he “wasn’t sure I’d ever get back in the saddle again”.

“There was a time I couldn’t balance, I couldn’t walk, I didn’t think I’d be getting on a bike,” he stated.

The Guardian’s Grace Dent paid tribute to the presenter, saying: “He came to my house to do Comfort Eating and it was just one of the highlights of my life. He was just such a lovely man, and a kind man. He was just a really normal person with no pretention and the industry – the food world, the TV world were just so devastated to hear that he was ill. It just feels like a really dark day for the food world.”

Other tributes included Saturday Kitchen host Matt Tebbutt, who posted on Instagram that Myers was: “One of the good guys, seriously funny, genuinely nice and always a joy to have him and Si on the show.” BBC Morning Live presenter Gethin Jones commented on air that: “We’ve met the guy so many times. It’s so sad – he was so lovely and smiley.” His co-host Kym Marsh added: “He was such a gorgeous human being.”

Myers began his working life as a make-up artist and met King in 1995 whereas engaged on a TV drama referred to as The Gambling Man. Their first TV look collectively was in The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook in 2004, which was half cooking present and half journey programme. In the primary episode the duo rode the size of Portugal. They created quite a few follow-up collection and have revealed greater than 25 cookery books – together with their weight-loss information Hairy Dieters: How To Love Food and Lose Weight, and accompanying way of life plan the Hairy Bikers Diet Club.

King thanked the followers who had shared messages of assist in current occasions and requested that Myers’ household and shut pals be given time to course of the loss.

“I know Dave and his family would want me to thank all of you who sent messages of support in recent times. It meant the world to him, his family and all the Hairy Bikers team. I am sending you all much love and gratitude for those simple acts of kindness, generosity and spirit. We are eternally grateful for them,” he wrote.

“May I ask you all for one further kindness and allow Lili, his wife, his family, close friends and I some time and some peace to process our huge loss. I am sure I will see you all soon.”

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