Great British Bake Off Finalist Luis Troyano Dead at 48

The Great British Bake Off fans are mourning the loss of finalist Luis Troyano, who passed away from esophageal cancer in late October, his publicist confirmed.

A beloved baking star has passed away. 

Luis Troyano, a runner-up on the fifth season of The Great British Bake Off, died last week, his publicist confirmed in a tweet on Nov. 3. "Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week," Anne Kibel tweeted. "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."

Troyano rose to reality TV fame as one of the contestants on the beloved British baking TV competition back in 2014. He was ultimately a runner-up alongside Richard Burr. "I am so sad to have lost Luis," Burr tweeted. "He was a man who took a double helping of everything life had to offer. Fearless, friendly and cheerfully grumpy. I will miss him."

The show also addressed the loss publicly with a statement. "We are deeply saddened to hear that Luis Troyano has passed away," the show's account tweeted. "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."

A JustGiving campaign established in his memory has raised £1,315 for the Britain-based Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity focused on all elements of care for those fighting cancer. In a quote shared to the campaign's page, Troyano expressed his gratitude to the organization and others that helped him in the battle for his life. 

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"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," he expressed. 

"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."

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