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Great British Bake Off star Dawn Hollyoak dies, aged 61

Great British Bake Off star Dawn Hollyoak dies, aged 61
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The Great British Bake Off contestant Dawn Hollyoak dies at the age of 61, her family announces.

Dawn Hollyoak, who competed on The Great British Bake Off in 2022, has died at the age of 61.

The news of her passing was broken by her family, who wrote on her Instagram account: "It's with a heavy heart we announce the passing of our Star Baker Dawn. Not only a wonderfully talented baker but first and foremost an amazing mother, grandmother, wife and friend.

"Dawn passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. We will miss her forever, but promise to continue her baking legacy!"

Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood paid tribute to Hollyoak, who was the sixth baker to be eliminated in her series, by writing in the comments: "I'm so sorry to hear that, send my love to the family. A lovely lady x."

Former co-host Matt Lucas wrote: "I'm so sorry to learn of the passing of lovely Dawn Hollyoak, who delighted us all in the Bake Off tent. My thoughts are with her family and friends."

Hollyoak is survived by her five children and four grandchildren.

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